NLDS Game 1 Recap: Kershaw Can’t Shake Carpenter, Cardinals

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Ramirez tied the game with an RBI single to right field and he quickly stole second base without a throw from Molina. Ramirez’s stolen base was cashed in on a Carl Crawford ground-rule double and the Dodgers took a 2-1 lead.

With two outs and A.J. Ellis standing on third base, Puig extended the lead with an RBI single. After Gonzalez drew a walk, Kemp collected his second hit of the game to give the Dodgers a 4-1 lead. Wainwright’s troubles continued in the fifth as he gave up a two-run home run to Ellis that knocked the Cardinals’ starter out of the game.

Kershaw retired 16 batters in a row before giving up a two-out solo home run to Matt Carpenter in the sixth. Kershaw then faced his first trouble of the game in the seventh and unraveled as the Cardinals loaded the bases with no outs on a trio of singles.

Clayton Kershaw

Matt Adams kept them moving station to station with his single up the middle that cut their deficit to 6-3. Jon Jay kept the carousel going for the Cardinals with his one-out RBI single and Carpenter engaged in a two-out battle with Kershaw that was reminiscent of his Game 6 at-bat in the 2013 NLCS.

Carpenter fouled off multiple pitches and didn’t chase anything out of the zone before clearing the bases with a double to right-center that gave the Cardinals a 7-6 lead. Pedro Baez took over for Kershaw gave up a three-run home to Matt Holliday before he could end the inning.

Gonzalez hit a two-run home run with two outs in the eighth and Ramirez extended the inning with a single. Justin Turner pinch-hit for Scott Elbert, but grounded out and the Dodgers trailed 10-8 headed to the ninth inning.

J.P. Howell and Brandon League combined to pitch a scoreless ninth, and consecutive hits from Ellis and Andre Ethier got the tying runs in scoring position with one out against Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal. Gordon scored one run on a ground out and with the opportunity to tie or win the game, Puig struck out.

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