Cards, Dodgers win big in NL playoff openers

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ST. LOUIS - Carlos Beltran's three-run homer highlighted a seven-run third inning and the St. Louis Cardinals got seven stingy innings from Adam Wainwright in routing the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1 in their NL division series opener.

The first eight Cardinals reached safely in the third to chase A.J. Burnett in the second-shortest outing of his career and putting Game 1 out of reach early. Meanwhile, Wainwright toyed with the Pirates lineup, allowing three hits over seven innings, striking out nine.

Lance Lynn (15-10) faces Pirates rookie Gerrit Cole (10-7) in Game 2 this afternoon at Busch Stadium.

Meanwhile the Atlanta Braves will attempt to get back on track after being spanked by the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1 behind a masterful pitching performance from Clayton Kershaw.

The Dodgers southpaw showed the Braves why he was the major league ERA leader. Kershaw dominated the Braves for seven innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out 12. Kershaw and two relievers combined on a five-hitter.

The Dodgers jumped out to a 5-0 lead by the fourth against Kris Medlen. Their big hit was a two-run home run by Adrian Gonzalez. Kershaw and company did the rest.

Game 2 is tonight in Atlanta. It's a matchup of 14-game winners, Julio Teheran for the Braves against Hyun-Jin Ryu (hee-YUHN'-jihn YOO).


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