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Arizona Diamondbacks, St. Louis Cardinals, force decisive Game 5 in N.L.

The Cardinals' David Freese drove in four to vault St. Louis to a Game 4 victory. (Photo: Associated Press)
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ST. LOUIS (AP) -  David Freese homered, doubled and drove in four runs as St. Louis tagged playoff nemesis Roy Oswalt and beat Philadelphia 5-3 to force a deciding fifth game in their NL division series.

Edwin Jackson recovered from a rocky beginning to win his first playoff start with six solid innings. Jason Motte worked a perfect ninth for his second save of the series.

Albert Pujols was hitless in four at-bats in what could have been his final home game with the Cardinals. He received thunderous cheers every trip to the plate from a standing room crowd of 47,071, second-largest at 6-year-old Busch Stadium.

Roy Halladay, the Game 1 winner, will face St. Louis ace Chris Carpenter on Friday night in Philadelphia.

Diamondbacks 10, Brewers 6

PHOENIX (AP) — Ryan Roberts hit a grand slam and Chris Young had the first two-homer game in Arizona's postseason history as the Diamondbacks beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-6 Wednesday to force Game 5 in the National League division series.

A day after rolling over the Brewers 8-1, the Diamondbacks struck quickly and often in Game 4, scoring five runs in the first inning off Randy Wolf.

"We're not going to give up, even when we're down 2-0," said Young, who drove in three runs. "In the clubhouse, we still believed we could do it. At the time our goal was to get back to Milwaukee. We've reached that, so it's a toss-up now. We're going to be ready to go."

The Diamondbacks became the second team — with the 1977 Dodgers — to hit grand slams in consecutive playoff games.

Arizona evened the series at 2-2 and sent it back to Milwaukee for the decisive game Friday. It will be a rematch of Game 1 between 21-game winner Ian Kennedy of the Diamondbacks and fellow right-hander Yovani Gallardo.

Written off by many after being outscored 13-5 in the first two games, baseball's best rally team — 48 comeback wins during the regular season — has put itself in position to become just the eighth team overall to win a best-of-five series after trailing 0-2.

"We had confidence all year, we had confidence when we were down 0-2," Roberts said. "Anything can happen, that's why you play this set of five."

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