Ryan Braun blasted a two-run home run and Prince Fielder homered in a six-run fifth inning as Milwaukee rallied to beat St. Louis 9-6 Sunday in game one of the National League Championship Series.
Braun launched a towering 463-foot home run in the first inning and added a two-run double to finish with four RBIs.
Fielder's fifth-inning homer accounted for two runs, and Betancourt finished off the rally with a two-run home run of his own for the Brewers, who were facing the Cardinals in the playoffs for the first time since the 1982 World Series.
Milwaukee starting pitcher Zack Greinke, who was 11-0 during the regular season, gave up six runs on eight hits over six-plus innings.
The winner of the best-of-seven series will take on the American League champions in the World Series.
Source: AFP American Edition