St. Louis Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2: A familiar, painful ending.

ST. LOUIS >> There were lots of questions for the Dodgers to ponder on the flight home after their season-ending, 3-2 loss to the Cardinals in the NLDS.

Mark Whicker asks this: How do you send six men to the plate in the sixth inning, have five of them reach base and score just two runs?

The box score is here.

St. Louis Cardinals 3, Dodgers 1: ‘Terrible’ strike zone, bullpen blowup, season on the brink.

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Dodgers pitcher Scott Elbert reacts after giving up a two-run home run to St. Louis Cardinals’ Kolten Wong (background) during the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 3-1 loss in Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday. (Associated Press photo)

ST. LOUIS >> The Dodgers find themselves in a familiar position after a 3-1 loss in Game 3 of the NLDS. As Mark Whicker writes, we all know how it ended last year. Clayton Kershaw acknowledged the gravity of moment after being officially named the Dodgers’ Game 4 starter.

Matt Kemp called home plate umpire Dale Scott’s strike zone “terrible,” but the Dodgers’ bullpen was at least as bad.

The box score is here.

Dodgers 3, Cardinals 2: Matt Kemp’s home run saves the day.

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Matt Kemp is greeted by teammates and bubbles in the Dodgers’ dugout after his eighth-inning home run beat the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, 3-2. (John McCoy/staff photographer)

With one swing of the bat, Matt Kemp evened the National League Division Series between the Dodgers and Cardinals at one game apiece. The box score is here.

Like they have all season, the Dodgers got their money’s worth from Zack Greinke, writes Mark Whicker.

Don’t be fooled when MLB Network trumpets its ratings victories for this game tomorrow, writes Tom Hoffarth.

Harold Reynolds might believe the Cardinals are stealing signs, but he’s probably wrong.

NLDS Game 4 pitching assignments are still up for grabs, apparently.

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Clayton Kershaw went 21-3 with a 1.77 earned-run average for the Dodgers in 2014. (Getty Images)

After the Dodgers evened the National League Division Series by beating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2 on Saturday night, Clayton Kershaw was a possibility to start Game 4 Tuesday on short rest.

Adam Wainwright did not.

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St. Louis Cardinals 10, Dodgers 9: A stunning turn of events puts the Dodgers in a 1-0 hole.

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A see-saw battle left the Dodgers speechless after a 10-9 loss in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.

Losing pitcher Clayton Kershaw and catcher A.J. Ellis tried to dissect the Cardinals’ eight-run seventh inning.

You can watch what a somber Kershaw said after the game here; the box score is here.

Dodgers 9, Giants 1: It’s OK to celebrate now.

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Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw joins a group hug after beating the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, 9-1. (Michael Owen Baker/Staff photographer)

Clayton Kershaw delivered an MVP-caliber performance in the Dodgers’ National League West-clinching victory. His line: 8 innings pitched, 8 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, 11 strikeouts. The full box score is here.

Not to be a downer (part 1) but: Colleague Vincent Bonsignore writes that the Dodgers should have their sights set on bigger celebrations.

Not to be a downer (part 2) but: Chad Billingsley accepts that he might never pitch for the Dodgers again.

Dodgers 8, Chicago Cubs 5: Will the West be won with offense?

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Yasiel Puig made a basket catch and scored a career high four runs in the Dodgers’ 8-5 win over the Chicago Cubs. (Associated Press photo)

The “bullpen game” idea worked — but give the offense credit, as the box score shows.

Also: Dan Haren is geared up for tomorrow’s start against the Giants, but he insists it‘s not the most pressure-filled series of the season.

The Giants lost to the Padres, 8-2. The Dodgers’ magic number to clinch the NL West is 3.

Chicago Cubs 8, Dodgers 7: Who (and what) to blame for a bullpen meltdown?

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Adrian Gonzalez was surrounded by bubbles after hitting the first of his two home runs in the Dodgers’ 8-7 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. (Associated Press photo)

The Dodgers’ bullpen melted down in a big way Saturday, leaving everyone searching for an explanation. The box score is here.

The Dodgers could have used another blowout win. Beyond getting them closer to a division title, it presents a golden opportunity for a relatively old team to rest up.

Dodgers 14, Chicago Cubs 5: Clayton Kershaw wins his 20th game in odd fashion.

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A.J. Ellis high-fives Yasiel Puig during the Dodgers’ 14-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Ellis hit two home runs in the game and Puig hit one. (Getty Images)

Clayton Kershaw was far from perfect in winning his 20th game of the season, and that was OK. The box score was kind to Dodgers hitters.

Also: tomorrow is a big day for Hyun-Jin Ryu and Sunday’s starting pitcher, who still doesn’t have a name.