LOS ANGELES — Chris Taylor hit a tiebreaking, two-dawdle homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers previous the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 on Wednesday evening in the National League wild-card sport.
The 106-capture Dodgers developed to a easiest-of-5 division assortment in opposition to the rival Giants. Sport 1 is Friday evening in San Francisco.
The sellout crowd of 53,193 held on every pitch as the stress of a tie sport constructed from the fourth inning on. Followers waved blue towels, futilely urging out the few balls launched into the outfield easiest to peep them caught in a winner-procure-all matchup between two of doubtlessly the most storied and successful National League franchises.
Cody Bellinger drew a two-out stroll from T.J. McFarland and stole 2d in the ninth, when nearly all followers were on their feet, waiting to peep if the defending World Series champions may maybe maybe likely pull off a capture. Alex Reyes got here in to face Taylor, who despatched a 2-1 pitch into the left-field pavilion, triggering an explosion of cheers.
Tommy Edman dropped a one-out single into delicate off closer Kenley Jansen in the tip of the ninth and stole 2d. Paul Goldschmidt took a called third strike and Tyler O’Neill went down swinging to entire the possibility.
Both teams had runners on in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings nonetheless couldn’t push a dawdle all the way by way of.
Dueling aces Adam Wainwright and the Dodgers’ Max Scherzer struggled with their catch watch over early in barely the 2d winner-procure-all sport in postseason history with two starting pitchers old 37-plus. Wainwright is 40, Scherzer 37.
They issued two walks apiece by way of three innings. Scherzer’s wild pitch ended in a dawdle in the first and he hit Harrison Bader in the fourth.
Justin Turner tied it at 1 in the fourth on a leadoff solo shot into the Dodgers bullpen in left. It change into the first homer Wainwright has given up on a curveball in the postseason. Turner’s 13 postseason homers are doubtlessly the most in franchise history.
The Cardinals led 1-0 when Edman scored on Scherzer’s wild pitch. Edman singled main off, stole 2d grisly and took third when O’Neill fouled out to delicate.
Scherzer left with one out in the fifth after giving up a leadoff single to Edman and a stroll to Goldschmidt. He paced the dugout with his hands on his hips. Aged Cardinal Joe Kelly obtained out of the jam after Goldschmidt reached third on Kelly’s wild pitch.
Scherzer allowed one dawdle and three hits, struck out four and walked three in opposition to his fatherland personnel.
Wainwright gave up one dawdle and four hits in 5⅓ innings. He struck out 5 and walked two.
The Dodgers had Wainwright on the ropes in the third, loading the bases with one out. He change into inner one ball of walking in the tying dawdle earlier than Trea Turner broke his bat grounding into an inning-ending double play on a 3-2 pitch.
The Dodgers the finest-of-5 NLDS in opposition to San Francisco on Friday. They were 9-10 in opposition to the Giants this season.