Zack Greinke is what Joe Kelly envisions being when he is fully evolved as a Major League pitcher: the whole package capable of winning games with his bat and glove as well as his strong right arm.

In their National League Championship Series rematch Wednesday at Dodger Stadium Greinke the $147 million man outdueled Kelly the Cardinals' rising star to keep Hollywood's team alive and kicking.

Greinke singled home the second of four runs against Kelly started a critical double play and held the Cards to two runs across seven innings in a 6-4 victory. It preserved the Dodgers' season and sent the series back to St. Louis for Friday night's Game 6 (8:30 p.m. ET on TBS) matching Clayton Kershaw the gold standard against young right-hander Michael Wacha.

It's uncommon that two of the best athletes on the field are pitchers but that was the case on this flawless day in Chavez Ravine. At 25 on the threshold of big things after a breakthrough second half Californian Kelly has an appreciation of the advanced skills displayed by Greinke a Floridian who turns 30 on Oct. 21.

"With him being as athletic as he is" Kelly said "I think everybody wants to put up a good season like he's done."

One of the compelling arguments against bringing the designated hitter to the NL is that it strips an edge from a pitcher who can hit. Greinke's run-scoring single to left field in the second inning was no fluke.

"He's a good hitter" Kelly said. "You can't take him lightly. He put a good swing on a good curveball down. They found some holes against me and I left a couple of fastballs over the middle [to Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford] that they turned into home runs."

Greinke batted .328 this season his 19 hits the most by a Dodgers pitcher since Orel Hershiser's 23 in 1993. Greinke missed five starts after fracturing his left collarbone in an April 11 scrap with the Padres' Carlos Quentin.