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Needing a win in Game 4 to stay alive in the series and force a winner-takes-all Game 5, the Los Angeles Dodgers faced hard-throwing Shelby Miller.
Miller struck out Dee Gordon and Carl Crawford to open the game, then got Adrian Gonzalez to fly out. Clayton Kershaw upped the ante on the St. Louis Cardinals’ right-hander by striking out the side in his first inning.
Matt Kemp reached on an infield single to leadoff the second inning only to have followed by a Hanley Ramirez double play. In his first at-bat as the starting center fielder, Andre Ethier drew a two-out walk, but the Dodgers weren’t able to capitalize on it. After walking Jhonny Peralta to start the bottom of the second, Kershaw induced a ground ball double play and struck out Yadier Molina looking to end the inning.
The Dodgers had their leadoff man reach in the third behind an A.J. Ellis base hit to right field and the catcher was then sacrificed over to second base by Kershaw. However, neither Gordon or Crawford were able to get the catcher home and the game remained scoreless.
Randal Grichuk hit a one-out single in the fourth and took second base on a pitch that Kershaw bounced short of home plate. Grichuk was eventually moved over to third on a Matt Holliday grounder, where he was stranded as Kershaw struck out Peralta to end the inning.
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