published Friday, October 18th, 2013

Cardinals KO Kershaw, World Series-bound

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and Trevor Rosenthal celebrate after Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 9-0 to win the series.
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and Trevor Rosenthal celebrate after Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 9-0 to win the series.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

ST. LOUIS — Carlos Beltran and the Cardinals stunned Clayton Kershaw with a four-run third inning, rookie Michael Wacha was again magnificent on the mound and St. Louis advanced to its second World Series in three seasons by roughing up the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-0 in Game 6 of the NL championship series Friday night.

Matt Carpenter sparked St. Louis' big inning with a one-out double on the 11th pitch of his at-bat. Beltran singled him home and the Cardinals quickly removed all the suspense surrounding a team that squandered a 3-1 series lead in the NLCS last fall against San Francisco.

Game 1 of the World Series is Wednesday at the winner of the ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers.

After losing Game 5 in Los Angeles, the Cardinals turned to Wacha once again. The right-hander was even better in outpitching Kershaw for the second time this series.

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