October 13, 2011
Score and situation: One win doesn't make 'em road warriors, but the Milwaukee Brewers got the victory they needed to regain homefield advantage in the NLCS. Thursday's 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals ties the series at two with one more game left to play at Busch Stadium.
Leading lads: Brewers starter Randy Wolf(notes) atoned for his NLDS struggles, allowing only two runs over a solid seven innings before handing the game over to Francisco Rodriguez and John Axford(notes). Ryan Braun(notes) resumed his beast mode at the plate, going 2 for 5 and knocking in the go-ahead run with a fifth-inning single while Jerry Hairston went 2 for 4 with a double, a run and RBI.
Head hangers: St. Louis starter Kyle Lohse(notes) got the early hook from Tony La Russa after giving up three runs in 4 1/3 innings. Cards' leadoff hitter Rafael Furcal(notes) went 0 for 4 at the top of St. Louis' order.
Key play: Fielder's leadoff double in the fourth started a two-run inning that put the Brewers back into the game after falling behind early.
What they'll be talking about: Many people predicted this to be a tight and close series and that's what we're getting so far. It's now a best-of-three with the playoff rotations turning over for Game 5. No, it doesn't get much better than this.
What's next: One more game in St. Louis before the series moves back north for at least one more. Friday's Game 5 is scheduled for 8:05 ET and will feature Zack Greinke(notes) vs. Jaime Garcia(notes). Both pitchers gave up six earned runs in their Game 1 starts.
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