Yadier Molina opened what would prove a nightmare inning with a hit to Yasiel Puig in right field. Puig seemed to take his eye off the ball, almost like he was thinking of trying to throw out Molina at first. Instead, the ball ricocheted off his glove for his second error and Molina took second.

David Freese singled Molina to third, and Matt Adams doubled him home.

And in the biggest outing of his career, Kershaw was lifted in the fourth inning for the first time all season.

Ronald Belisario came on, and after getting Freese caught in a rundown on a fielder's choice, he intentionally walked Pete Kozma to load the bases and bring up pitcher Michael Wacha.

With the infield in, Belisario got Wacha to bounce to Mark Ellis, but the normally reliable second baseman bobbled the ball momentarily, throwing just late to the plate as Adams scored.

Left-hander J.P. Howell took over for Belisario, but Matt Carpenter lifted a run-scoring sacrifice fly, Howell threw a wild pitch and Carlos Beltran singled, all scoring runs.

It was 9-0 and the Dodgers had one hit.

Cardinals 4, Dodgers 0 (middle of fifth):

The Dodgers are going down quickly.

Rookie Michael Wacha retired them in order in the fifth, Carlos Beltran adding to his big night by diving to make a nice catch off a Juan Uribe liner for the third out.

Right now, there is no sense that the Dodgers are going to come back in this one.

Cardinals 4, Dodgerts 0 (end of fourth):

And for something really different, Clayton Kershaw retired the Cardinals in order for the first time all night.

Unlike his disastrous 48-pitch third inning, the fourth took him just 10 pitches.

The Dodgers, however, have yet to even indicate they've started to figure out rookie Michael Wacha, who has yet to allow the Dodgers a run in the 10 2/3 innings thus far in his two NLCS starts against them.

Cardinals 4, Dodgers 0 (middle of fourth):

Has the air gone out of the Dodgers? Has to be tough watching your best pitcher suffer the worst inning of his season at exactly the wrong time.

The Dodgers got a leadoff walk from Carl Crawford, but then went in order.

That bottom of the third was the first time all season a team batted around against Clayton Kershaw. He'd only given up as many as four runs in an entire game only four times all season.

Cardinals 4, Dodgers 0 (end of third):