New York Teams

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets and Dodgers are headed back to Dodger Stadium for a winner-take-all Game 5. In his first major league game in 19 days, rookie left-hander Steven Matz surrendered three runs in five innings. Meanwhile, Clayton Kershaw snapped a five-start postseason losing streak as the Dodgers avoided elimination with a 3-1 win against the Mets in Game 4 on Tuesday at Citi Field. Jacob deGrom will oppose Zack Greinke in L.A. on Thursday to determine which team will host the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday.


Kershaw, Dodgers force Game 5 in NLDS

Clayton Kershaw tossed 7 innings of one-run ball and struck out eight, and the Dodgers posted a three-run third to hold off the Mets 3-1 at Citi Field. The series shifts back to L.A. for a decisive Game 5 at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, where Zack Greinke will square off vs. Jacob deGrom Box score

Jansen, Dodgers get out of the jam

The Mets had runners on first and second with two outs, but Kenley Jansen got Daniel Murphy to fly out to end the eighth inning and quiet the Citi Field crowd. The Dodgers still lead 3-1 heading to the 9th. Follow live


Colon does his job, hands off to Clippard

Bartolo Colon struck out two and allowed one hit in two innings of relief. In the eighth, the Mets turned to Tyler Clippard, who recorded a 1-2-3 inning. But the Dodgers still lead 3-1. Follow live

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Matz allowed three runs in five innings in his first career postseason start and may get tagged with a loss for the first time in his major league career. The reality is the Mets were asking a lot from Matz. Matz, the fourth rookie pitcher to start a postseason game in franchise history, had not appeared in a major league game since Sept. 24 due to back spasms. Still, the Mets concluded he was the best option to round out a division-series rotation with deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey. In retrospect, maybe Bartolo Colon would have been the better option.


Kershaw looking good through 5

Daniel Murphy's homer is the only blemish on Clayton Kershaw's start in Game 4 as the lefty has fanned six through 5 innings. The Dodgers lead the Mets 3-1 in the sixth. Follow live


There goes Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter

Daniel Murphy rocked a HR for the Mets' first hit of the game in the fourth to cut the Dodgers' lead to 3-1. Citi Field is back on its feet. Follow live


Dodgers jump out to lead in must-win Gm. 4

Mets starter Steven Matz cruised through the first two innings, but surrendered his first runs of the game in the third on Adrian Gonzalez's RBI blooper and Justin Turner's 2-RBI double down the left-field line. The Dodgers lead 3-0 in front of a quiet Citi Field crowd. Follow live

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Dodgers-Mets: Game 4, NLDS

The Dodgers turn to Clayton Kershaw on three days' rest to avoid elimination while also trying to end a five-start playoff losing streak, including a loss to the Mets in Game 1. Kershaw will face rookie Steven Matz. Follow live


Mets on the brink of a breakthrough

The last few years for Mets fan have not always been enjoyable -- eight straight years missing the playoffs will do that. But the team has an opportunity to make its first NLCS since 2006 with a Game 4 win tonight.

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Harvey unavailable for rest of NLDS

Mets manager Terry Collins said Matt Harvey won't be available out of the bullpen if there is a Game 5, but should be available for multiple starts if they make the NLCS. Harvey pitched 5 innings, getting the win, in Game 3 in his only NLDS appearance.