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Cardinals sink Kershaw again, head to another NLCS

Adams' homer tags Kershaw again, sends Cardinals to 4th straight NLCS with 3-2 win over LA

St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Randal Grichuk, left, catches a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers Juan Uribe as teammate Jon Jay looks on during t...
St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Randal Grichuk, right, catches a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers Juan Uribe as teammate Jon Jay backs him up dur...
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller throws a pitch during the second inning of Game 4 of baseball's NL Division Series against the Los ...
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws a pitch during the second inning of Game 4 of baseball's NL Division Series against the St...

NLDS Dodgers Cardinals Baseball

St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Randal Grichuk, left, catches a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers Juan Uribe as teammate Jon Jay looks on during t...

NLDS Dodgers Cardinals Baseball

St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Randal Grichuk, right, catches a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers Juan Uribe as teammate Jon Jay backs him up dur...

NLDS Dodgers Cardinals Baseball

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller throws a pitch during the second inning of Game 4 of baseball's NL Division Series against the Los ...

NLDS Dodgers Cardinals Baseball

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws a pitch during the second inning of Game 4 of baseball's NL Division Series against the St...

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Matt Adams hit a three-run homer off Clayton Kershaw as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Tuesday to advance to a fourth straight trip to the National League Championship Series.

Following their 3-1 win in the best-of-five series, the Cardinals await San Francisco or Washington with their rotation well-rested for the NLCS, which starts Saturday. They would open at home against the Giants or at the Nationals.

At AT&T Park in San Francisco, fans broke into cheers when the rival Dodgers were eliminated.

Trevor Rosenthal allowed two runners in the ninth before getting Carl Crawford on a game-ending groundout for his third save of the series.

Kershaw allowed one homer to left-handed hitters while going 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA in the regular season. He gave up two to the Cardinals, with Matt Carpenter connecting in the opener. The left-handed ace pitcher is 0-3 with a 9.72 ERA in his last three postseason appearances, including St. Louis' clinching Game 6 victory in the NLCS last year.

Kershaw pitched on three days' rest for the second time in his career. He was dominant into the seventh, as he was in Game 1, but again started the inning with three straight hits.

The third hit Tuesday came when Adams drove a curveball into the right-center bullpen to put St. Louis up 3-2. Adams thrust his hands over his head in the batter's box then jumped several times as he ran down the first base line. A stunned Kershaw bent over on the mound, head hung and hands on his knees.

The likely NL Cy Young pitching award winner fell to 1-5 with a 5.12 ERA in 11 postseason appearances.


Updated : 2021-04-13 19:36 GMT+08:00