Cards overtake Dodgers, Kershaw to win series

Tue Oct 7, 2014 9:46pm EDT
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ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Matt Adams belted a three-run homer off Clayton Kershaw to power the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday to reach the NL Championship Series for a fourth successive season.

The game-winning blast in another magical seventh inning for St. Louis erased a 2-0 deficit, sealing the best-of-five Division Series 3-1.

"We never give up," said Adams, who skipped and danced his way toward first base after connecting on a hanging curve ball from a tiring Kershaw, who was pitching on three days' rest.

"No matter how many runs we’re down or what the series lead is, we’re always going to come out and play hard and go after it."

The shot over the right field wall sent the Busch Stadium crowd and the Cardinals' dugout into a frenzy.

"I don’t think I touched the ground the whole way around," said Adams, a beefy, left-handed hitting first baseman.

It was dreary deja vu for Kershaw, the overwhelming favorite to win his third Cy Young award in four seasons as the National League's top pitcher.

Kershaw, who was 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA, had stymied the Cards on one hit and struck out nine as he entered the seventh with a 2-0 lead after the Dodgers scored two in the sixth to snap a scoreless tie.

He looked poised for sweet redemption following a Game One implosion in which he squandered a 6-2 lead in an eight-run seventh by St. Louis.   Continued...

Oct 7, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams (32) hits a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 7th inning during game four of the 2014 NLDS baseball playoff game at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports