NLCS Game 5, Cardinals vs. Dodgers GIF recap: L.A. uses homers to send series back to St. Louis

Harry How

The Dodgers stayed alive in the NLCS with the help of a bunch of home runs and a big double play.

The Los Angeles Dodgers needed their big sticks on Wednesday to fend off the St. Louis Cardinals and cut their deficit to 3-2 in the National League Championship Series.

The Cardinals outhit the Dodgers, but couldn't come up with a situational knock to save their lives. That was no more evident than in the first inning, when a bases-loaded opportunity was squandered:

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The Dodgers didn't waste much time making the Cardinals pay for failing to get a run home, sending two runners across the plate in the bottom of the second. However, Carlos Beltran did his thing to get the Cards going in the third.

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Beltran's hit plated Matt Carpenter, and Matt Holliday followed with a double to score Beltran. Suddenly, it was a tie game in L.A.

That is, until Adrian Gonzalez stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the third and did this:

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He wears Mickey Mouse shirts and does Mickey Mouse things. For real, though:

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Gonzalez's blast was the start of the theme of the day for the Dodgers. Carl Crawford followed suit with a long ball ...

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... as did Mark Ellis:

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Gonzalez added one more home run, a solo shot off of John Axford in the eighth, to give the Dodgers a four-run lead. St. Louis countered with two in the top of the ninth against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen and had a shot at more, but Adron Chambers struck out looking to end the game.

Oh, and what's a Dodgers GIF recap without Yasiel Puig?

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Game 6 is slated for Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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