Carl Crawford hit a three-run homer, Juan Uribe added a two-run shot and the host Los Angeles Dodgers routed the Atlanta Braves 13-6 on Sunday night for a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five N.L. division series.
Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig each had three hits and scored three times on a big night at the plate for the Dodgers, who matched a franchise record for runs in a postseason game. Brooklyn beat the New York Yankees 13-8 in Game 2 of the 1956 World Series.
"It was a total team effort," Crawford said. "Guys were swinging the bat well. That's what it's going to take: 25 guys to do the job and come together and play well."
Los Angeles can advance to the N.L. championship series with a victory at home in Game 4 on Monday night. The Dodgers will send Ricky Nolasco against veteran Freddy Garcia.
Crawford made the play of the game when he tumbled head over heels at the low retaining wall in left field and onto his head to catch a foul ball in the eighth.
Chris Capuano won in relief of ineffective rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu in a game that took 4 hours, 1 minute.
Pirates 5, Cardinals 3: Pinch-runner Josh Harrison scored on Pedro Alvarez's tiebreaking single in the bottom of the eighth inning, sending Pittsburgh to a victory over St. Louis that staked the Pirates to a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five N.L. division series.
Russell Martin followed with a sharp RBI single against reliever Kevin Siegrist, who took over after Carlos Martinez (0-1) faltered.
Alvarez homered in the first two games against St. Louis and is 4 for 10 with four RBIs in the series.
Mark Melancon (1-0) picked up the win despite allowing Carlos Beltran's tying home run in the top of the eighth. Beltran finished 2 for 3 with three RBIs. His 16th playoff home run moved him past Babe Ruth for eighth place in postseason history.
"It's a must-win tomorrow for us," Beltran said. "Hopefully we can come here tomorrow, take care of business, win and go play the last game at home."
Red Sox-Rays: It took Tampa Bay winning three consecutive elimination games just to get into the A.L. division series. And now, it will take three more to beat Boston and reach the league championship series.
Rays star Evan Longoria thinks that being back home after two weeks on the road will help. When the team plane landed in Tampa early Sunday, it concluded a five-city, 12-day, 5,631-mile trek.
"I like our chances here," Longoria said. "We played really well down the stretch. I know our home fans will be out in full force."
"It's over," Ortiz said. "I have a lot of respect for David, and he has the same thing for me. I'm not going to made a big deal out of this. I understand his frustration."