The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 to tie the National League Championship Series, while the Detroit Tigers beat the Texas Rangers 7-5 to stay alive in the American League.
The Brewers won their first Major League Baseball postseason road game since 1982 to even the best-of-seven series at two games each with Game 5 scheduled for tonight in St. Louis. The Rangers have a 3-2 lead and will try tomorrow to clinch a spot in the World Series.
At Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Ryan Braun drove in Nyjer Morgan for the go-ahead run in the fifth inning after a two-run fourth inning that tied the score at 2-2 when Jerry Hairston Jr. hit a run-scoring double and then came home on Yuniesky Betancourt’s single.
“You’re not going to get a lot of opportunities against a team like this, but when you get an opportunity, you have to get those guys,” Braun said in a televised interview. “Facing (Mitchell) Boggs, he was throwing 96, 97 miles per hour with a good slider. I was trying to make sure I put the ball in play.”
Rickie Weeks scored on second baseman Ryan Theriot’s error in the sixth as the Brewers guaranteed they will return home for at least one more series game.
First Postseason Win
Randy Wolf, who struck out six in seven innings, got his first postseason win in 13 years. He gave up the Cardinals’ only two scores in the second and third innings on homers by Matt Holliday and Allen Craig.
“It was the biggest game I ever pitched in,” Wolf said. “The one on Holliday, he just has that brute strength. Craig did a great job of hitting and driving it the other way. Those are two pitches I can live with.”
Kyle Lohse surrendered three runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings for the Cardinals.
At Comerica Park in Detroit, Justin Verlander struggled through 7 1/3 innings to keep the Tigers from being eliminated in their series.
Verlander, who led Major League Baseball with 24 victories during the regular season, allowed four runs on eight hits.
“My rhythm, I knew from the get-go it was going to be tough, but I was able to make big pitches when I needed to,” Verlander said in a radio interview after the game.
The Tigers scored four runs in the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie. Ryan Raburn singled, Miguel Cabrera sent him home with a double, Victor Martinez tripled for another run and Delmon Young followed with a two-run homer, all off Texas starter C.J. Wilson. It was Young’s second home run of the game. Raburn and Alex Avila also had solo home runs for the Tigers.
Nelson Cruz hit his fifth home run of the series for Texas, a two-run shot in the eighth inning, and now has 11 runs batted in during the ALCS. Josh Hamilton also drove in two runs for the Rangers with a single and a sacrifice fly.
The Rangers closed within two runs in the ninth on a run-scoring single by Michael Young and had the tying run on base before reliever Phil Coke got Mike Napoli on a groundout to end the game.
“Games like this are a lot of fun, back and forth,” Avila said in a radio interview. “Now we’ve got a shot going back to Texas.”