Cardinals World Series bound after 9-0 win
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 National League Championship Series on 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.
The Cardinals will meet the winner of the American League Championship Series, which will have its Game 6 tonight, between the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers. The Red Sox lead the series 3-2 entering tonight's game at Fenway.
-- Associated Press