Oct 9, 2014 7:21 PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Dodgers were built to win a World Series, not just get into the playoffs. They struck out again.
They rallied from 9 ½ games back in the NL West to win the division for the second straight year and earned home-field advantage in the postseason.
But the result was similar to last year - another defeat by the Cardinals. The Dodgers lost the National League Division Series 3-1 in St. Louis on Tuesday, with probable NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw giving up another game-winning home run in the seventh inning. Last year, the Cardinals bounced them out in the NLCS, with Kershaw pitching a clunker in the elimination game.
It wasn't the ending sought by the team with baseball's highest payroll at the end of the regular season - $256 million. The Dodgers' World Series appearance drought now extends to 27 years.
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