Cards' eight-run rally stuns Dodgers, Kershaw

Sat Oct 4, 2014 12:08am EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The visiting St. Louis Cardinals erupted for eight runs in the seventh inning to stun the Los Angeles Dodgers and ace Clayton Kershaw in a 10-9 shocker on Friday in the opener of their Division Series.

What had loomed as a pitchers' duel between Kershaw (21-3) and the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright (20-9) turned into a wild scoring spree with the light-hitting Cardinals hitting three home runs.

"It was a weird game," said Cards catcher Yadier Molina.

"You're expecting a 1-0 game, you've got Kershaw over there and you got Wano on this side.

"Wano didn't have his best stuff, and Kershaw was leaving the ball up in that inning and we took advantage."

Kershaw, the top pitcher in Major League Baseball with a 1.77 earned run average, had held the Cards to two hits -- a pair of solo home runs -- as the Dodgers, who grabbed a 6-1 lead in the fifth, carried a 6-2 advantage to the seventh.

St. Louis began the frame with four sharp singles in a row and capped the big inning with a go-ahead three-run double by Matt Carpenter and a three-run homer by Matt Holliday to spin the rout into the other direction for a 10-6 lead.

There were tense moments to come.

A two-run homer by Adrian Gonzalez in the eighth made it a two-run game and the Dodgers scored again in the bottom of the ninth before closer Trevor Rosenthal struck out Yasiel Puig with a man on third to end it as St. Louis held on for the win.   Continued...

October 3, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) reacts after striking out in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in game one of the 2014 NLDS playoff baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports