Late inning rally lifts Cards over Dodgers as they head to 4th straight NLCS -

Late inning rally lifts Cards over Dodgers as they head to 4th straight NLCS

(BaseballStL) -- It was the seventh inning once more that hurt Dodgers' ace Clayton Kershaw, just like in Game 1.

Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta began the inning with back-to-back singles up the middle. Then Matt Adams cemented his name in Cardinals' postseason lore by busting a ball 386 feet into the Cardinals bullpen to give the Redbirds a 3-2 lead.

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That home run held through the eighth inning as Pat Neshek entered to face the heart of the Dodgers order. But the reliever barely flinched as he recorded one strike out as he retired the Dodgers in order.

In the ninth, Trevor Rosenthal made his third appearance in the series looking for his third save. Rosenthal gave up a one out walk to AJ Ellis before getting pinch-hitter Justin Turner to strike out. 

But all was right as Rosenthal got Carl Crawford to ground out as the Cards clinched their fourth straight trip to the NLCS.

Dodgers plate two against Miller

The Dodgers were finally able to scratch out a run in the sixth inning set-up by two base hits and a double play.

Carl Crawford singled to begin the inning and then went first to third on the second single hit by Adrian Gonzalez. Crawford crossed the plate on Matt Kemp's double play, serving as the first run off the afternoon.

Miller then hit Hanley Ramirez followed by a walk to Andre Ethier to put runners on with two outs. Mike Matheny pulled the hook on his young starter, opting for Seth Maness.

But Maness gave up a fly ball hit to Juan Uribe that plated Ramirez and extend the Dodgers' lead to two. While pitching to AJ Ellis, the ball got away from Yadier Molina who threw back to third base as Ethier stopped his advance to home. He was initially called safe on the field, but upon review he was called out to end the inning.

Kershaw gets hit off Miller in 5th inning

The Dodgers got their best shot of the afternoon off Shelby Miller in the top of the fifth.

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With two outs, Miller walked AJ Ellis and looked to be able to get a quick out off his counterpart, Clayton Kershaw. But Kershaw worked a six pitch at-bat for a single into left field to put two runners on for Dee Gordon. 

Gordon did end the inning with a ground ball to short, but the Dodgers did work Miller's pitch count up to 66 after five innings.

Grichuk gets first hit off Kershaw

The Cardinals finally got a hit off Clayton Kershaw in the fourth inning off the bat of Randal Grichuk, but the Redbirds were unable to capitalize.

Grichuk poked a single into left field past Juan Uribe to put a runner on first with one out. A wild pitch during Matt Holliday's at-bat moved the right fielder up to second. Holliday coudn't produce his fourth RBI of the postseason as his groundout only moved Grichuk to third.

Jhonny Peralta then fell victim to the strike out, Kershaw's sixth in four innings. 

Miller and Kershaw cruise through first three innings

Both Shelby Miller and Clayton Kershaw cruised through the first inning by striking out five of the first six batters of the game Tuesday afternoon.

Miller struck out the first two batters he saw while Kershaw struck out the side in the first inning.

Then in the second inning both starters allowed the lead-off batters to reach base and then both got double play balls to erase the runners before getting out of the inning unscathed. 

In the third, Miller once again gave up a lead off hit, this time to AJ Ellis. Kershaw sacrificed his catcher over to second, but that's where he would stay as Miller got a pop out from Dee Gordon and a big strike out of Carl Crawford.

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