How the Dodgers Beat the Cardinals in the N.L. Wild-Card Game

ImageChris Taylor (3) was greeted by Dodgers teammates at the plate after his winning homer.
Credit…Robert Hanashiro/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

It took until their final turn at the plate, but the Los Angeles Dodgers survived a do-or-die wild-card game against the St. Louis Cardinals, walking away with a thrilling 3-1 win on a night when neither offense could find much purchase.

The game was billed as ace versus ace, but Max Scherzer of the Dodgers was done after four and a third innings and Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals was pulled after five and a third. Both teams’ bullpens stepped up, but the depth of the Los Angeles offense, which helped power the team to 106 wins, came through in the end when Chris Taylor hit a walk-off two-run homer to left center in the ninth inning, overcoming recent struggles to push his team to the next round of the playoffs.

“Think small and big things happen,” Taylor said when asked about his attitude toward big situations in an on-field interview after the game. “That felt good.”

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