ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Matt Adams belted a three-run homer off a tiring Clayton Kershaw to power the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday that clinched a trip to the National League Championship Series.
The game-winning blast in another magical St. Louis seventh inning erased a 2-0 deficit and the Cards claimed a win that gave them a 3-1 triumph in the best-of-five Division Series and put them in the league championship for a fourth year in a row.
Kershaw, an overwhelming favorite to win his third Cy Young award in four seasons as the league's top pitcher, suffered through an eight-run seventh inning in Game One in which the Cardinals overcame a 6-2 deficit on the way to victory.
The Central Division champion Cardinals will face either the Washington Nationals or the San Francisco Giants in the best-of-seven NLCS with the winner advancing to the World Series.
(Writing by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Frank Pingue)