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6 crucial moments from Wednesday's Cardinals-Dodgers NLCS Game 5

On Wednesday, the Cardinals were within a single W of clinching the NLCS, entering Game 5 at Dodger Stadium with a 3-1 lead in the series. But fortunately for Mattingly and company, the big blue sea of L.A. faithful at Chavez Ravine helped buoy the Dodgers to a critical victory.

Now, strap on your fake Brian Wilson beard, and let's get to the GIFs.

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The boys in blue didn't waste much time getting on the board. In the bottom of the second, Adrian Gonzalez came home on a Juan Uribe single. Then Renaissance man Zack Greinke helped himself to his own RBI single. The Dodgers were up, 2-0.

By the top of the third, the Cards were ready to mount a comeback. Carlos Beltran tripled, scoring Matt Carpenter. Matt Holliday doubled, knocking in Car-Bel. St. Louis had tied the game, 2-2.

ALCS Game 5

When A-Gon came up to bat in the third, the ball was A-Goner -- the first baseman hit a solo dinger, the first Dodger home run of the series. Tie? Broken. (Is it just us, or did he throw up some celebratory Mickey Mouse ears?)

ALCS Game 5

The Dodgers' lead grew to 4-2 with a fifth-inning Carl Crawford homer, his fourth of the postseason.

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And grew again with A.J. Ellis' shot to left in the seventh. Magic Johnson was pleased.

ALCS Game 5

In the next inning, Gonzalez decided two homers would be twice as nice as one. His second moonshot of the night raised the score to 6-2.

ALCS Game 5

The Cards enjoyed a productive ninth inning, with both Holliday and Adams scoring, but they failed to overcome the gap. With a final score of 6-4, the Dodgers lived to fight another day, forcing a Game 6 in St. Louis on Friday.