Matt Holliday and pinch hitter Shane Robinson connected for the first home runs of the National League Championship Series, moving the St. Louis Cardinals past the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 on Tuesday night for a 3-1 series lead.
The Cardinals are one game away from their fourth World Series appearance in a 10-year span.
“Just because you’re up 3-1 doesn’t mean anything. Nobody’s going to roll over for you,” said Daniel Descalso. “That’s a good ballclub they’ve got over there, and they’re going to keep fighting. We can’t relax. We’ve got to keep pushing, keep grinding. You don’t want to have that feeling again of being up 3-1 and losing three games in a row.”
The Cardinals held a 3-1 advantage in 2012, before watching the San Francisco Giants storm back to win the series.
“We know what’s at stake,” Matt Carpenter said. “We know how hard it is to get one more win. Anything can happen in a series, as we experienced last year.”
Game 5 is Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. Zack Greinke is set to start for Los Angeles against Joe Kelly.