Clayton Kershaw was dominant on the mound and also got the Dodgers' lone scoring rally started with a hit, evening the NLDS at 2-2 and sending the series back to Los Angeles for a deciding Game 5.
Steven Matz pitched well in the biggest game of his life to date, but got touched up in the third inning because of two bad curveballs, some bad BABIP luck, and a boot from a normally sure-handed defender. Kershaw got the rally going with a base hit on a 2-2 curveball in the middle of the plate. With two outs, Howie Kendrick grounded a single and Adrian Gonzalez followed with a bloop single to bring home the game's first run. Justin Turner jumped all over a 2-0 hanging bender and sent it on a line to the left-field corner. Yoenis Cespedes didn't field it cleanly, allowing Gonzalez to score all the way from first. Matz ended up going five innings, allowing the three runs, six hits, two walks, and striking out four.
Apart from allowing another Daniel Murphy home run, Kershaw was masterful on just three days rest. He went seven innings, striking out eight, only spotting the Mets three hits and a walk over 94 pitches.
Late-inning flyballs which died before the warning track and working two walks with two outs in the eighth tantalized Mets fans everywhere. But Kenley Jansen closed the game without incident in a four-out save.
Jacob deGrom. Zack Greinke. Game 5. Thursday. 8 PM EST.
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