(BaseballStL) -- The ninth inning provided more dramatics as Trevor Rosenthal allowed the tying run to reach base.
Rosenthal struck out Juan Uribe to begin the inning, but he then allowed consecutive hits to AJ Ellis and Andre Ethier. Dee Gordon grounded out to second to score Ellis and cut the Cardinals lead to one.
The out brought up Yasiel Puig as the Dodgers last hope against the flame-thrower. But Rosenthal got the better of him with a strike out to hold on to the win for the Redbirds. Marco Gonzales earned the win in the postseason.
Gonzalez homers off Nesek in the 8th
Adrain Gonzalez pulled the Dodgers within two of the Cards with a blast of his own to cut the Cardinals lead to 10-8.
Carlos Martinez walked Yasiel Puig with one out. Mike Matheny opted for lefty specialist Randy Choate to face Gonzalez, who had been held hitless Friday night.
However, that changed as he took the third pitch he saw to right center.
Redbirds bust up Kershaw for 8 runs in 7th
The Cardinals cracked Clayton Kershaw in the seventh inning on five hits to score five runs and to retake the lead. Then their third homer of the game swung the game around as the Cards grabbed eight runs in the inning.
The heart of the Cardinals order from Matt Holliday to Jon Jay, the Cards pushed across two runs on five hits.
Clayton Kershaw was able to strike out Pete Kozma and pinch-hitter Oscar Taveras, however, it was Matt Carpenter with an eight pitch at-bat that put the Cards back on top. He drove the ball to right center as the ball bounced off the wall and scored Yadier Molina, Matt Adams and Jon Jay.
That hit put a cap on Kershaw's night.
After a walk to Randal Grichuk, Holliday came to the plate for the second time in the inning and blasted a shot to left field for the Redbirds' third homer of the inning to give them a 10-6 lead over the Dodgers.
Carpenter hits second solo home run off Kershaw
Matt Carpenter pulled the Redbirds within four runs with the Cardinals second solo home run of the night.
Carpenter's home run found the seats in right-center field and served as the Cards first run since the first inning.
Ellis' homer ends Wainwright's night
Missouri-native AJ Ellis tacked on an additional two runs with a home run that ended Adam Wainwright's night.
Ellis, who hails from Cape Girardeau, drove the ball into deep left field to put the Dodgers up 6-1 and force Mike Matheny to go to his bullpen.
Sam Freeman came in to relieve Wainwright, but he gave up back-to-back walks to Clayton Kershaw and Dee Gordon. Matheny called up Seth Maness as he was able to avoid further trouble for the Cardinals.
The Dodgers put another run on the board with two outs in the fourth inning as Yasiel Puig got his revenge with the RBI.
AJ Ellis started the inning with a single and Clayton Kershaw sacrificed his catcher over. Then Matt Carpenter made a good play to get Dee Gordon out at first, but Ellis did advance to third.
Then Puig hit a ball past the diving Jhonny Peralta to take a 3-1 lead.
Wainwright walked Adrian Gonzalez and then gave up a single to healthy Matt Kemp to extend the lead to 4-1. Kemp was injured last year during the NLCS.
Benches clear and then Dodgers take their first lead
Fireworks erupted in the bottom half of the third after a pitch got away from Adam Wainwright and hit Yasiel Puig.
Yadier Molina and Adrian Gonzalez had words when the Dodgers' first baseman came to the plate that ended with teammates and even manager Mike Matheny holding both players back. It isn't clear what Gonzalez said, but the anger could stem from the 2013 NLCS where Joe Kelly hit Hanley Ramirez in the ribs. The injury he sustained made him ineffective during the series.
Both benches cleared and then Wainwright had a conversation with Puig and the players returned to their positions. The umpires did issue warnings to both benches.
Gonzalez grounded out to first, but with two outs Ramirez delivered a single into right that scored Piug. The Dodgers got their second run when Carl Crawford hit a ground rule double to score Ramirez, who had moved to second on a stolen base.
High pitch counts affect Wainwright and Kershaw
In a game that touted two of the best pitchers in MLB, both Adam Wainwright and Clayton Kershaw have fallen victim to high pitch counts through the first two innings.
By the time Wainwright struck out Dee Gordon to end the second inning, he was at 43 pitches while Kershaw reached almost 40 pitches in the same amount of time.
Grichuk's homer gives Redbirds the lead in the first
Randal Grichuk wasted no time in proving why Cardinals manager Mike Matheny put him in the line-up over Oscar Taveras as he took Dodgers' ace Clayton Kershaw deep in the first inning.
Kershaw hung the second pitch of the at-bat, a breaking ball, that Grichuk drove down the right field line into the stands for the Redbirds' first lead of the game.
The home run came after Kershaw sliced up Matt Carpenter with a four-pitch strike out.