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Ole Miss and Mississippi State Storm into Top 5

Ole Miss and Mississippi State Storm into Top 5

istockphoto(NEW YORK) --  The state of Mississippi has two teams in the top 3 in the latest college football AP Coaches poll. 

In a week that saw 11 ranked teams lose, Ole Miss and Mississippi State are tied at number 3 after each team defeated a fellow SEC program.

While the value of the coaches poll has been significantly diminished with the inaugural college football playoff system that will choose four participants via a 13 person panel, the accomplishment is still a unique feat for the Magnolia State.

Other teams to make significant moves this week include TCU jumping from 25 to No. 9 after a victory over then-No. 4 Oklahoma, and Arizona moving from an unranked spot to No. 10 after a stunning upset against then-No. 2 Oregon.

 

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Via Twitter, Michael Phelps Announces He Will Enter Rehab

Via Twitter, Michael Phelps Announces He Will Enter Rehab

CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) -- After his second DUI arrest, Michael Phelps announced on his personal Twitter page that he is going to rehab.

The Olympic gold medalist was arrested on Tuesday after Baltimore police charged him with driving 84 mph in a 45 mph zone, crossing double lines, and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Through his Twitter page, Phelps stated, "I’m going to take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself."

Phelps will reportedly enter a six week, in-patient program.

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Brady, Manning Add to Career Milestones

Brady, Manning Add to Career Milestones

National Football League(NEW YORK) -- Tom Brady and Peyton Manning continue to add to their Hall-of-Fame credentials: each quarterback surpassed a career passing total in their respective wins Sunday.

In a win over the Arizona Cardinals, Manning threw for his 500th career touchdown.  With a quick throw to his right, Manning completed a pass to tight end Julius Thomas for his first touchdown of the day; Manning would finish the game with four.

He is now at 503 career touchdown passes, five behind all-time leader Brett Favre.

Also with a win, Brady joined the exclusive "50,000 career passing yards" club. Brady joins Brett Favre, Manning, Dan Marino, Drew Brees, and John Elway as the only quarterbacks to accomplish the feat. 

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Royals Sweep Angels, Meet Orioles in ALCS

Royals Sweep Angels, Meet Orioles in ALCS

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY) -- In their first playoff appearance since 1985, the Kansas City Royals swept the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, reaching the American League Championship Series (ALCS). The 8-3 margin was the largest in the best-of-five series after Kansas City won two games in Los Angeles in extra innings.

"I've never seen this group of kids so confident on the big stage," said manager Ned Yost. "It's really fun to see their development and watch them come into the postseason and just really take their game to the next level."

The Angels, who earned homefield advantage by having the leagues best regular-season record, took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Mike Trout homered off James Shields for his first-ever postseason hit. That lead quickly evaporated in the bottom half of the inning when the Royals' Alex Gordon drove in three runs with a double off C.J. Wilson, chasing the Los Angeles starter.

Kansas City added to the lead in the third inning on Eric Hosmer's second homer of the playoffs, a two-run shot to center. Albert Pujols tried to spark a rally for the Angels with a solo shot of his own, but that was all Los Angeles could muster off Shields.

"Big Game" James went six strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out six, while the offense added two runs in the fourth and another in the sixth. Wade Davis gave up a run in the eighth but the bullpen shut down an otherwise punchless Angels offense.

The Royals will now meet the Baltimore Orioles, who swept Detroit earlier in the day, in the best-of-seven ALCS. Game One is Friday night in Baltimore.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/5/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/5/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: American League Division Series: Baltimore Orioles 2 - Detroit Tigers 1 (Orioles win series, 3-0, Advance to ALCS)

Kansas City Royals 8 - Los Angeles Angels 3 (Royals win series, 3-0, Advance to ALCS)

NFL: New England Patriots 43 (3-2) - Cincinnati Bengals 17 (3-1)

Carolina Panthers 31 (3-2) - Chicago Bears 24 (2-3)

Cleveland Browns 29 (2-2) - Tennessee Titans 28 (1-4)

Philadelphia Eagles 34 (4-1) - St. Louis Rams 28 (1-3)

New York Giants 30 (3-2) - Atlanta Falcons 20 (2-3)

New Orleans Saints 37 (2-3) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 (1-4) - Overtime

Dallas Cowboys 20 (4-1) - Houston Texans 17 (3-2) - Overtime

Buffalo Bills 17 (3-2) - Detroit Lions 14 (3-2)

Indianapolis Colts 20 (3-2) - Baltimore Ravens 13 (3-2)

Pittsburgh Steelers 17 (3-2) - Jacksonville Jaguars 9 (0-5)

Denver Broncos 41 (3-1) - Arizona Cardinals 20 (3-1)

San Francisco 49ers 22 (3-2) - Kansas City Chiefs 17 (2-3)

San Diego Chargers 31 (4-1) - New York Jets 0 (1-4)

NASCAR: Joey Logano won at Kansas Speedway.

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Orioles Sweep Tigers, Advance to ALCS

Orioles Sweep Tigers, Advance to ALCS

Baltimore Orioles/MLB(DETROIT) -- The Baltimore Orioles are flying to the American League Championship Series.

Baltimore struck first on Sunday when Nelson Cruz's two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning off of David Price gave Baltimore a 2-0 lead. 

The Tigers would fight in the bottom of the ninth when J.D. Martinez hit a RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning off Zach Britton, but Britton then got pinch hitter Hernan Perez to ground into a double play to end the game.

Baltimore completed a 3-0 Division Series sweep and they'll wait on the winner of Kansas City and the Angels series.

Cruz's homer in the sixth was his 16th postseason dinger, which passed Babe Ruth on the all-time list.

Bud Norris pitched 6.1 and allowed two hits and struck out six for the victory.

Tigers starter David Price, who came over in a trade during the summer, threw 112 pitches in eight innings of work with six strike outs and gave up the two-run homer to Cruz in the sixth.  

This is Baltimore's first trip to the ALCS since 1997.

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Joey Logano Wins at Kansas Speedway

Joey Logano Wins at Kansas Speedway

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) -- Joey Logano is headed into the next round of the Chase for the championship after cruising to victory at Kansas Speedway on Sunday.

Logano held off Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch for his fifth win of the year.

"Getting us to the next round, that's awesome," Logano said. "This is so much fun, I'm having a blast this year, and we've got a real shot to win this championship. I feel like we're one of the teams to beat."

Logano avoided the tough track's corners and will play with house money in the next two stops at Charlotte and Talladega.

Defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was forced to stop after he was hit by Greg Biffle on the 85th lap.

"It just means we've got to be on our game at Charlotte and Talladega," Johnson said. "We'll see how the other Chasers fare. If I can get taken out today, somebody else can later in this event or at Charlotte. Certainly need W's, I would assume, going forward."

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was leading when a flat tire caused him to hit the wall and he finished 39th.

"Just the whole surface of the tire unwound like a string. It just came off the tire and it popped off the corner," said Earnhardt. "Man, that was a great race car. We hadn't been running very good the last several weeks."

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Rutgers Tops Michigan, 26-24 for 1st Big Ten Win

Rutgers Tops Michigan, 26-24 for 1st Big Ten Win

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(PISCATAWAY, N.J.) -- Scarlet Knights senior quarterback Gary Nova passed for a career-high 404 yards and three touchdowns as Rutgers (5-1; 1-1 Big Ten) beat Michigan (2-4; 0-2 Big Ten), 26-24 on Saturday night for their first win over a Big Ten opponent.

With Michigan leading 17-12 with 1:43 left in the first half, Nova connected with sophomore wide receiver John Tsimis on a seven-yard touchdown to give Rutgers a 19-17 lead. The Scarlet Knights defense would take over, limiting the Wolverines offense to one yard in the third quarter.

Trailing by two, Michigan senior kicker Matt Wile attempted a 56-yard field goal with to 3:01 play in the game, but his attempt was blocked by Rutgers freshman defensive end Kemoko Turay.

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Kemp’s Homer Helps Dodgers Even Series

Kemp’s Homer Helps Dodgers Even Series

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Despite giving up a late lead for the second straight night, Matt Kemp's eighth inning home run lifted the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night. The victory helped the Dodgers even the best-of-five series at one game apiece before it shifts to St. Louis on Monday.

Los Angeles took a 2-0 lead in the third when Dee Gordon ground out to second, plating A.J. Ellis before Zack Greinke scored on an Adrian Gonzalez single. Greinke seemingly was in control while on the hill, tossing seven scoreless innings and giving up just two hits.

Manager Don Mattingly went to his bullpen in the eighth and J.P. Howell gave up a game-tying, two-run homer to Matt Carpenter. The Cardinals jubilation was short lived as Kemp led off the bottom of the inning with his go-ahead blast off Pat Neshek.

"He tried to get me with a couple of sliders," Kemp said. "I laid off some tough ones that were close on the plate, but he left one just out on the plate that I could do something with and I put a good swing on it."

After falling 10-9 in Game One, the Dodgers now travel to St. Louis with the series tied an Hyun-Jin Ryu pitching against John Lackey in Game Three.

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(25) TCU Holds Off (4) Oklahoma

(25) TCU Holds Off (4) Oklahoma

ThinkStock(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- The TCU Hornded Frogs had been 6-12 in their last 18 Big 12 games after making a name for themselves as "BCS-busters". On Saturday, the 25th ranked Horned Frogs won their conference opener, beating number four Oklahoma 37-33 at home.

Quarterback Trevone Boykin racked up 395 total yards of offense against the Sooners (4-1), throwing for 318 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Meanwhile, the TCU (4-0) defense forced three turnovers in the game and intercepted Trevor Knight twice.

The Horned Frogs jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, but Oklahoma rallied to tie the game after one quarter. Both squads traded scores in the second quarter with Michael Hunnicutt hit a 24-yard field goal to tie the game at 24-24 as the first half ended.

Oklahoma took their first, and only, lead of the game in the third quarter when Samaje Perine run in from seven yards out for a 31-24 advantage. That was quickly erased by TCU's Deante Gray, who caught a 29-yard pass from Boykin less than three minutes later. The Horned Frogs took the lead for good when Paul Dawson returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown, making it a 37-31 ballgame.

The Sooners picked up two points when they blocked the extra point and returned it to the end zone, but they would be unable to avoid the upset. It's the first time since 2005, over then-number 5 Oklahoma, that TCU pulled off the win over the Sooners.

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(11) Mississippi Knocks Off (3) Alabama at Home

(11) Mississippi Knocks Off (3) Alabama at Home

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(OXFORD, Miss.) -- In what could go down as the greatest win in school history, No. 11 Ole Miss knocked off third ranked Alabama at home on Saturday, 23-17. The victory snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Crimson Tide (4-1) while also keeping Mississippi (5-0) undefeated.

The Rebels took an early 3-0 lead on a Gary Wunderlich field goal in the first quarter, but Alabama responded with a touchdown drive in the second. As Ole Miss looked to take the game into halftime trailing 7-3, I'Tavius Mathers fumbled at the 13-yard line while the Tide recovered it for a touchdown and a 14-3 halftime advantage.

However, the comeback was on in the second half. Trailing 17-10 midway through the fourth, Bo Wallace connected with Vince Sanders on a 34-yard touchdown pass to tie the game with 5:29 left in regulation. Mississippi quickly got a chance at the lead when Alabama fumbled the ensuing the kickoff and Ole Miss recovered. 

Just a couple plays later, Wallace found Jaylen Walton from 10 yards out, giving the Rebels a 23-17 lead with 2:54 remaining. Alabama threatened to steal the upset away, driving into Ole Miss territory in the waning moments. Crimson Tide quarterback Blake Sims fired a deep pass into the endzone with 37 seconds left, but Senquez Golson picked it off to seal the victory.

It marks the first time since 1962 that Mississippi has won the first five games of a season. 

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Giants Win Longest Game in Postseason History

Giants Win Longest Game in Postseason History

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- Brandon Belt's home run in the top of the 18th inning gave the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 lead, and eventual win, in the longest postseason game in Major League Baseball history on Saturday night. The victory also gave the Giants a 2-0 series lead over the Washington Nationals as the series now shifts to San Francisco.

Washington took a third inning lead on Anthony Rendon's RBI single off Tim Hudson. That looked to be more than enough for Nationals starter Jordan Zimmerman, who pitched into the ninth inning without allowing a run. Zimmerman retired the first two batters in the top of the ninth but walked Joe Panik to put the tying run on base.

Manager Matt Williams went to his bullpen, calling on Drew Storen to close the door. Buster Posey would eventually single before Pablo Sandoval doubled in the tying run, forcing extra innings. Posey was tagged out at home on the play, preventing the Giants from taking the lead.

Both teams used a combined 17 pitchers over the next nine innings, before Belt's homer against Tanner Roark opened up the top of the 18th. Hunter Strickland picked up the save, tossing a scoreless bottom of the 18th, while Yusmeiro Petit got the win going six shutout innings in relief.

The six hour and 23 minute affair surpassed a the 2005 NLDS Game 4 contest between the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros for the longest in playoff history. Houston won that game, and swept the Braves, on a walk-off homer from Chris Burke in the bottom of the 18th inning.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/4/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB Playoffs: San Francisco Giants 2 - Washington Nationals 1 in 18 Innings (Giants lead series, 2-0)

Los Angeles Dodgers 3 - St. Louis Cardinals 2 (Series tied, 1-1)

Top 25 College Football: (1) Florida State 43 (5-0) - Wake Forrest 3 (2-4)

(11) Ole Miss 23 (5-0) - (3) Alabama 17 (4-1)

(25) TCU 37 (4-0) - (4) Oklahoma 33 (4-1)

(5) Auburn 41 (5-0) - (15) LSU 7 (4-2)

(12) Mississippi State 48 (5-0) - (6) Texas A&M 31 (5-1)

(7) Baylor 28 (5-0) - Texas 7 (2-3)

Utah 30 (4-1) - (8) UCLA 28 (4-1)

(9) Notre Dame 17 (5-0) - (14) Stanford 14 (3-2)

(10) Michigan State 27 (4-1) - (19) Nebraska 22 (5-1)

(13) Georgia 44 (4-1) - Vanderbilt 17 (1-5)

Arizona State 38 (4-1) - (16) USC 34 (3-2)

Northwestern 20 (3-2) - (17) Wisconsin 14 (3-2)

(20) Ohio State 52 (4-1) - Maryland 24 (4-2)

(21) Oklahoma State (4-1) - Iowa State 20 (1-4)

(22) East Carolina 45 (4-1) - SMU 24 (0-5) 

(23) Kansas State 45 (4-1) - Texas Tech 13 (2-3)

NASCAR: Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Nationwide Kansas Lottery 300

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(12) Mississippi State Upsets (6) Texas A&M, 48-31

(12) Mississippi State Upsets (6) Texas A&M, 48-31

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(STARKVILLE, Miss.) -- Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott has officially thrown his name in the Heisman race after his teams' upset win over sixth ranked Texas A&M on Saturday.

The Bulldogs improved to 5-0 on the season, including a 2-0 in the SEC.

"A Mississippi State-ment," Prescott said.

Prescott ended the game completing 19 of 25 passes for 259 yards while also throwing two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also did plenty of damage on the ground as he ran for 77 yards on 23 carries while scoring three touchdowns.

"He's going to get a lot more attention now with his performance," Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen said. "But as I've told everyone, that's what we expect from him."

Mississippi State has beaten two top-10 teams in the same season, the first time in school history.

Bulldogs running back Josh Robinson also had a big game on Saturday as he ran for 107 yards on 17 carries whle socring two touchdowns.

Meanwhile this is a big blow to an Aggies team that was attempting to make it to the Final Four in the National Championship race.

"They just beat us," Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill said. "They had a great game plan and just stomped us. Credit them."

Hill had an up-and-down game as he completed 37 of 62 passes for 365 yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions.

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(20) Ohio State Puts Away Maryland, 52-24

(20) Ohio State Puts Away Maryland, 52-24

Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(COLLEGE PARK, Md.) -- This could be very well be the game that Ohio State players, fans, and coaches look back on as the coming out party for quarterback J.T. Barrett.

The 20th ranked Buckeyes defeated Maryland 52-24 and Barrett was the catalyst for the offense.

The freshman quarterback completed 18 of 23 passes for 267 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also carried the ball 16 times for 71 yards while also scoring a touchdown.

"It's 50-50 when you go on the road for a noon game," Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said. "Sometimes it's the middle of the first quarter before they wake up and that other team jumps on you. All of a sudden, it's 7-0 and you're playing uphill the entire game. We went nuts this week with that. Our coaching staff, I was grinding them pretty hard Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday about a fast start."

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott had a memorable game as well. Against Maryland he carried the ball 24 times for 139 yards.

With the win, Ohio State improved to 4-1 while Maryland fell to 4-2.

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Broncos Cut Kicker Matt Prater

Broncos Cut Kicker Matt Prater

National Football League(DENVER) -- The Denver Broncos released veteran kicker Matt Prater on Friday, citing a "football decision". Prater was scheduled to be activated Monday after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

With the move, Denver will put all their faith in Brandon McManus for the remainder of the season. The Broncos acquired the 23-year-old in a trade with the New York Giants, giving up a seventh-round pick in return. McManus has converted all three field goal attempts this year, none longer than 24 yards.

I've been very impressed with him, he's got great potential, he's a great young kicker,'' Broncos head coach John Fox said. "We feel really good, and part of any football decision [is], you go with who you think gives you the best chance.''

The most accurate kicker in franchise history, Prater also holds the league record for longest field goal made, a 64-yard kick in 2013. 

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(18) BYU QB Suffers Season Ending Injury in Loss to Utah State

(18) BYU QB Suffers Season Ending Injury in Loss to Utah State

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PROVO, Utah) -- The 18th ranked Brigham Young Cougars saw their hopes of a perfect season, and a potential Heisman nomination, fall on Friday night in a 35-20 loss at the hands of Utah State. Making matters worse, BYU quarterback Taysom Hill suffered a broken leg in the first half, effectively ending his season.

"It was really difficult to watch Taysom go down," said BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall. "Our execution will now have to be better from top to bottom because of Taysom's ability to create. There just isn't another Taysom Hill out there anywhere."

Hill, who had started to garner Heisman finalist talk, was injured as he scrambled to his right before being tackled by the Aggies Brian Suite. The junior quarterback landed awkwardly on his leg and had to be carted off the field.

That injury merely started the downfall for the Cougars (4-1) who trailed 21-14 at the time of his departure. Utah State (3-2) added another touchdown before halftime and never looked back. 

Backup quarterback Christian Stewart threw three interceptions in the second half as BYU was only able to convert a pair of field goals the rest of the way. Any hopes of a comeback were officially put on ice when Nick Vigil scored from one yard out to make it 35-17 late in the third.

The Aggies racked up 457 total yards of offense in the upset, including 321 passing yards and three touchdowns from quarterback Darell Garretson.

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Royals Beat Angels in Extras Again, Hold 2-0 Series Lead

Royals Beat Angels in Extras Again, Hold 2-0 Series Lead

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- For the second consecutive night, the Kansas City Royals used an extra inning home run to beat Los Angeles, 4-1, in the American League Divisional Series (ALDS) on Friday night. Eric Hosmer's two-run homer in the top of eleventh gave the Royals a 3-1 lead, taking a 2-0 series lead over the Angels.

Kansas City became the first time in Major League history to open up a postseason with three consecutive extra-inning wins, after spending 29 years without a playoff berth. They are the sixth team to win a trio of extra-inning games in one playoffs appearance. The previous five have all gone on to win the World Series.

The Royals took an early lead against Matt Shoemaker when Alex Gordon drove in Hosmer with a single in the second. Los Angeles would eventually knot the score in the sixth on an Albert Pujols single, making it a 1-1 game after six innings.

The Angels had a chance to take a lead in the bottom of the eighth. C.J. Cron doubled off reliever Wade Davis and was pinch-ran for by Collin Cowgill. Following Chris Iannetta's fly-out to center, newly inserted Jarrod Dyson threw out Cowgill trying to advance to third.

That helped send the game into extras for the second straight night. Lorenzo Cain stretched out an infield single before Hosmer's go-ahead blast off Kevin Jepsen. Kansas City reliever Greg Holland pitched a scoreless bottom half of the inning, striking out Mike Trout to end the game.

The series now shifts to Kansas City where James Shields will take on C.J. Wilson.

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Cardinals Rally, Beat Kershaw in Game 1

Cardinals Rally, Beat Kershaw in Game 1

Elsa/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- In a matchup that featured two of the top pitchers in the game, the St. Louis Cardinals won a 10-9 game over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game One of the National League Divisional Series (NLDS) on Friday night. The Cardinals scored eight runs in the seventh inning to come from behind against Clayton Kershaw before holding off the Dodgers late.

It started out as a blowout in favor of Los Angeles, as they built up a 6-1 lead through five innings. After Randal Grichuk homered in the first to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead, the Dodgers quickly took the lead scoring twice in the third. Two more runs were added in the fourth before A.J. Ellis launched a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth off Adam Wainwright.

Meanwhile, Kershaw was mowing down opponents striking out eight batters through six innings. The southpaw had only given up two hits, both solo home runs, going into the seventh inning. It was then that the Cardinals made their rally.

The first four batters of the inning would reach on Kershaw, culminating on a Matt Adams RBI single. Pete Kozma then struck out for the first out of the frame before John Jay singled in another run to make it a 6-4 deficit. After another strikeout got the Dodgers within an out of ending the inning, Matt Carpenter cleared the bases with a double, giving St. Louis a 7-6 lead and chasing Kershaw.

The Cardinals would go on to score three more runs when Matt Holliday homered off reliever Pedro Baez for a 10-6 lead. Los Angeles threatened to take the lead back in both the eighth and ninth innings. Adrian Gonzalez's two-run homer in the eighth made it a 10-8 ballgame, while an RBI ground out got the Dodgers within a run and put the tying score at third. However, Yasiel Puig struck out to end the ballgame and give St. Louis a 1-0 series lead.

Game Two of the NLDS is set for 9:30 p.m. on Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Lance Lynn (15-10, 2.74 ERA) gets the call for the Cardinals while the Dodgers send Zack Greinke (17-8, 2.71 ERA) to the hill.

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Scoreboard Roundup 10/3/14

Scoreboard Roundup 10/3/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB Playoffs: Baltimore Orioles 7 - Detroit Tigers 6 (Orioles Lead Series, 2-0)

San Francisco Giants 3 - Washington Nationals 2 (Giants Lead Series, 1-0)

St. Louis Cardinals 10 - Los Angeles Dodgers 9 (Cardinals Lead Series, 1-0)

Kansas City Royals 4 - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1 in 11 Innings (Royals Lead Series, 2-0)

NCAA Football: Utah State 35 (3-2) - (18) BYU 20 (4-1)

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