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MLB playoffs: Cardinals beat Dodgers to advance to World Series

Published October 19, 2013 5:12 pm

NLCS • St. Louis roughs up Dodgers ace Kershaw with 4-run third inning.
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St. Louis • Carlos Beltran, Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals are going to the World Series — not even Clayton Kershaw could stop them this year.

Beltran and the Cardinals stunned the Dodgers' ace with a four-run third inning, Wacha was again magnificent on the mound and St. Louis advanced to its second World Series in three seasons by roughing up the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-0 in Game 6 of the NL championship series Friday night.

Wacha, a rookie, was selected MVP of the series after throwing 13 2-3 scoreless innings and beating Kershaw twice in the NLCS.

Matt Carpenter sparked St. Louis' big third inning with a one-out double on the 11th pitch of his at-bat. Beltran singled him home and the Cardinals quickly removed all the suspense surrounding a team that squandered a 3-1 series lead in the NLCS last fall against San Francisco.

"I'm so happy right now. We did it as a team," Beltran said. "We fought hard, we worked hard all season long and thank god we're here."

Game 1 of the World Series is Wednesday at the winner of the ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers. The Cardinals won their 19th NL pennant and will be trying for their third title since 2006, last winning in 2011.

The glamorous Dodgers, with the second-highest payroll in baseball at $220 million, failed to reach the World Series for the first time since winning it all in 1988.

After losing Game 5 in Los Angeles, the Cardinals turned to Wacha once again. The right-hander was even better in outpitching Kershaw for the second time this series. It was 52 degrees at game time, a 23-degree drop from the Kershaw-Wacha matchup in Game 2 six days earlier, and Kershaw never warmed up.

The top NL CY Young Award candidate was knocked out of a start for the first time this season without finishing the fifth.

Beltran had three hits and drove in two runs while facing Kershaw and made a spectacular catch in right field, helping him advance to the World Series for the first time in his 16-year career.

Perhaps showing the Cardinals weren't stressed by the possibility of a second straight postseason meltdown, Games 1 and 5 starter Joe Kelly had a post-national anthem staredown against Dodgers reserve outfielder Scott Van Slyke that was broken up by a fed-up home plate umpire Greg Gibson after several minutes.

Kelly blinked first, all in good fun but, when it counted, St. Louis wouldn't budge.

The Cardinals jumped on Kershaw in the third, batting around. After Wacha grounded out, Carpenter doubled in a gritty at-bat. Beltran singled him home for the game's first run. —

Series

St. Louis 3, Los Angeles 2 (13 innings)

St. Louis 1, Los Angeles 0

Los Angeles 3, St. Louis 0

St. Louis 4, Los Angeles 2

Los Angeles 6, St. Louis 4

St. Louis 9, Los Angeles 0 Cardinals 9, Dodgers 0

Los Angeles AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

C.Crawford lf 3 0 1 0 1 0 .280

M.Ellis 2b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .240

Ad.Gonzalez 1b

3 0 0 0 0 0 .300

H.Ramirez ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 .133

Ethier cf 3 0 0 0 0 2 .150

Puig rf 3 0 0 0 0 2 .227

Uribe 3b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .130

A.Ellis c 3 0 1 0 0 1 .316

Kershaw p 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333

Belisario p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —-

Howell p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —-

a-Schumaker ph

1 0 0 0 0 1 .000

Withrow p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —-

Marmol p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —-

c-M.Young ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Totals 28 0 2 0 1 8

St. Louis AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

M.Carpenter 2b 4 1 1 1 0 1 .261

Beltran rf 4 1 3 2 0 0 .286

Jay cf 1 0 1 0 0 0 .222

Holliday lf 5 0 0 0 0 2 .200

Y.Molina c 5 2 2 1 0 1 .227

Freese 3b 4 1 2 0 1 1 .190

Ma.Adams 1b 3 1 2 1 1 0 .227

S.Robinson cf-rf

4 1 2 2 0 0 .429

Kozma ss 2 1 0 0 2 1 .067

Wacha p 3 1 0 1 0 1 .000

b-Wong ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Ca.Martinez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —-

Rosenthal p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —-

Totals 36 9 13 8 4 7

Los Angeles 000 000 000 — 0 2 2

St. Louis 004 050 00x — 9 13 0

a-struck out for Howell in the 6th. b-fouled out for Wacha in the 7th. c-flied out for Marmol in the 9th.

E—Puig 2 (2).

LOB—Los Angeles 2, St. Louis 8. 2B—A.Ellis (2), M.Carpenter (2), Beltran (2), Ma.Adams (1). RBIs—M.Carpenter (2), Beltran 2 (6), Y.Molina (1), Ma.Adams (2), S.Robinson 2 (3), Wacha (1). SF—M.Carpenter.

Runners left in scoring position—Los Angeles 1 (M.Ellis) St. Louis 5 (Y.Molina, Kozma, Wacha 2, S.Robinson). RISP—Los Angeles 0 for 3 St. Louis 6 for 14.

GIDP—M.Ellis, S.Robinson.

DP—Los Angeles 1 (H.Ramirez, M.Ellis, Ad.Gonzalez) St. Louis 1 (Freese, M.Carpenter, Ma.Adams).

Los Angeles IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Kershaw L, 0-2 4 10 7 7 2 5 6.30

Belisario 1⁄3 0 2 2 1 0 6.75

Howell 2⁄3 1 0 0 0 0 2.45

Withrow 1 1 0 0 1 0 2.08

Marmol 2 1 0 0 0 2 0.00

St. Louis IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Wacha W, 2-0 7 2 0 0 1 5 0.00

Ca.Martinez 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.00

Rosenthal 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.00

Kershaw pitched to 3 batters in the 5th.

Inherited runners-scored—Belisario 2-1, Howell 3-3. IBB—off Belisario (Kozma), off Kershaw (Kozma). WP—Kershaw 2, Howell.

Umpires—Home, Greg Gibson First, Gerry Davis Second, Mark Carlson Third, Mike Everitt Right, Ted Barrett Left, Bruce Dreckman.

T—2:59. A—46,899 (43,975).