SAN FRANCISCO, OCT. 9 -- For parts of two playoff games, Ozzie Smith of the St. Louis Cardinals was just another shortstop. Balls went between his legs, dribbled up his arm and traveled wildly from his right hand.

Then he was Ozzie Smith again, getting three hits and helping the St. Louis Cardinals gain a 6-5 victory tonight over San Francisco.

"I just try to do everything I can to help the ball club win," said Smith, who saw a grounder go between his legs in Game 2.

Smith singled in the first inning tonight, but was doubled off first when he failed to get back on Tom Herr's fly to center. In the fifth, he threw wide of second baseman Herr, but official scorers credited Herr with the error.

The popular shortstop turned his luck around, singling before Jim Lindeman's homer in the sixth and bunting for a hit in a four-run seventh.

"We've come from behind about 50 times this year so I guess we're used to it," Smith said. "We didn't panic when we fell behind {4-0 after three innings}. Guys came off the bench and did their jobs."

Smith also got around to doing his.

"Each championship team I've played on has had a different chemistry," he said. "The one in 1982 had better pitching. The one in 1985 had a better bullpen. This one is definitely more resilient. We just go out and play hard. We don't have to talk about it."