The Dodgers are down to their final three outs.

Cardinals 9, Dodgers 0 (end of seventh):

Even the Cardinals seem in a hurry to get this over now.

Right-hander Carlos Marmol took over in the seventh and retired the Cardinals in order.

Rookie Michael Wacha, 22, was pinch hit for, so he's done for the night. The Dodgers never did score against him in two NLCS starts. In his seven scoreless innings, he allowed only two hits and a walk, with five strikeouts.

He did not allow the Dodgers to score in 13 2/3 innings of his two series victories over Clayton Kershaw.

Cardinals 9, Dodgers 0 (middle of seventh):

Meanwhile, Michael Wacha -- who was pitching in college a year ago -- continues to look like a quickly budding ace.

He retired the Dodgers in order again has allowed only two hits and a walk through seven.

Cardinals 9, Dodgers 0 (end of sixth):

Chris Withrow became the Dodgers' fourth pitcher. He gave up a one-out walk and single to David Freese, but got Shane Robinson to hit into a double play.

It's all over but the moaning.

Clayton Kershaw's final line: four-plus innings, seven runs (earned), 10 hits, two walks and five strikeouts.

Cardinals 9, Dodgers 0 (middle of sixth):

Well, the Dodgers did get a hit, A.J. Ellis' double off the center-field wall doubling their night's total.

Yet despite the leadoff double, the Dodgers could never advance him from second. Michael Wacha retired the next three Dodgers in order.

There are no mercy killings in baseball.

Cardinals 9, Dodgers 0 (end of fifth):

It's all getting away from the Dodgers, inning by inning, play by play. And there will be no Clayton Kershaw to save them.

It's a blowout now, all that's left is for the Cardinals to get the last 12 outs.