ST. LOUIS, OCT. 7 -- Ozzie Smith did his best with his back flip, but Dave Dravecky was the one who turned the National League Championship Series around today.

Dravecky threw a two-hit shutout, and Will Clark and Jeffrey Leonard homered as the San Francisco Giants beat the Cardinals, 5-0, to even the best-of-seven series at a game each.

Dravecky allowed only singles by Jim Lindeman and Tom Herr. Only one Cardinal, Smith, reached second and Dravecky struck out six.

John Tudor gave up 10 hits in eight innings and got the loss.

"He goes out and battles from the first pitch," Giants Manager Roger Craig said of Dravecky, who was 10-12 during the regular season, but only 1-3 with a 5.04 ERA in his last five starts. Counting today's victory, Dravecky is 8-5 since coming to the Giants from San Diego July 4. He was 0-0 in five previous appearances against the Cardinals, including two starts for the Giants.

He said his slider was his key pitch today, that and working with platoon catcher Bob Melvin. "When you're thinking the same, the game goes much quicker," Dravecky said. "When we can work together and not waste time calling pitches, it makes a big difference."

"From the first pitch of the game he had his good stuff," said Melvin, who continued the Giants catchers' success by throwing out Tony Pena in the third after a walk. "He {Dravecky} walked a couple of guys, but he regrouped after that, made some pitches, and we got some double plays."

The Giants gave Dravecky all the support he needed in the second. Candy Maldonado singled to left. One out later, Clark hit a towering drive to right that just cleared the fence. Maldonado and Clark were so caught up in watching the flight of the ball that Clark nearly passed Maldonado on the base paths.

"When I hit it, I thought it had a good shot, but then I saw {right fielder Jose} Oquendo with his back to the wall and I thought it's going to be a repeat of last night," said Clark, who just missed hitting a grand slam homer in the eighth inning of Game 1 that would have put the Giants ahead. "But it went over, and I'm one of the happiest campers in the ball park."

In the fourth, Leonard, now hitting .625 in the series, led off just as he did in the fourth inning of Game 1, putting a fastball over the 414 sign in dead center. He had three hits today.

It was the latest salvo in his battle with the St. Louis fans. It began Tuesday when he was quoted as saying he didn't think much of first-game starter Greg Mathews or of Tudor.

"I've been the villain in just about every ball park," Leonard said. "Even my own. I kind of like it."

Fans in the left-field bleachers responded by booing him from the minute he took his left-field position. And while rounding the bases, slowly, he turned to the fans and thrust a finger in the air.

"I said a lot of things, but nothing that I didn't believe in, either myself or the club," Leonard said. Asked if he should start Friday against right-hander Danny Cox, he deferred to Craig.

"I'll be hoping, but we only have one leader now, and he'll make that call," he said.

When asked about the fans, he upped the amount of talk he so far has been able to back up.

"It's nice to see them having fun like that," he said. "But they probably won't have the chance again."

"The way Jeffrey's playing, there's a lot of thoughts," Craig said. "I've got a day to think about it. I might even go against the grain and play {Mike} Aldrete and {Eddie} Milner against their left-handers, if I think it takes something away from them."

Dravecky retired the side in order in the first, fifth, seventh and ninth innings. And on the rare occasions the Cardinals got anybody aboard, they didn't last long.

Pena walked to lead off the third, but Craig called a pitchout after Tudor failed to get a bunt down on the first pitch. Melvin's throw easily beat Pena to second.

The Cardinals should know Melvin by now. He's the one who threw out 40 percent of would-be stealers during the regular season, including Coleman and Tim Raines twice each. But everyone in the Giants locker room was trying to make it clear that no one, even the Cardinals, can run when there's no one on base.

"They really didn't have too many opportunities to run," Melvin said. "I don't think they're going to stop doing it. That's their game, and, if they do {stop}, something's wrong."

"We don't have to run to win," Herr said. "We've got good contact hitters throughout the lineup. A good running game is not just stealing bases, it's going from first to third on a single, and that sort of thing."

Herr provided the second -- and last -- base hit for St. Louis, singling Smith to second with none out in the fourth. But Dravecky got Terry Pendleton, Willie McGee and Lindeman on flies to end the Cardinals' only real threat.

Tudor worked his way out of several jams to keep the Cardinals close, stranding six during the middle three innings. In the fifth, with Jose Uribe on third and Dravecky on first, Craig called for a suicide squeeze from leadoff hitter Robby Thompson.

But Tudor went low and outside, leaving Thompson no chance to bunt and leaving Uribe hung up between third and home. It didn't matter, as Dravecky retired 16 of the last 18 batters he faced.

"{Dravecky} was just dominating from the start," Cardinals Manager Whitey Herzog said. "We couldn't get anything going against him except in the fourth. He was in control all the way."

The Giants scored two in the eighth when Smith committed a rare error at short, letting Uribe's grounder go between his legs, allowing Leonard and Maldonado to score.

The series will move to San Francisco for three games this weekend, a place where the Giants won four of the seven games from the Cardinals in the regular season.

Much has been made of the conditions at Candlestick. The wind, the cold and the length of the grass {which Cox called "grazing height"} are supposed to favor the Giants.

Cox is scheduled to pitch Friday for the Cardinals, but his stiff neck still makes him a question mark. Herzog will not decide on Cox until after a twilight workout at Candlestick Park tomorrow. If Cox cannot work, Joe Magrane, set to go Saturday, will start.

"I'm going to prepare for Friday and be ready to go," Magrane said, "and, if {he doesn't start}, I'll have an extra day of preparation. It's more mental than physical because at this point of the season there's not much you can do for yourself physically."