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Julie Jacobson, Associated Press
New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey (33) delivers against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of baseball's Game 3 of the National League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in New York.

NEW YORK (AP) — Curtis Granderson drove in five runs, Yoenis Cespedes homered into the second deck and the New York Mets overcame Matt Harvey's early struggles to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 13-7 Monday night for a 2-1 lead in the NL Division Series.

Travis d'Arnaud also homered as the Mets set a franchise postseason record for runs in their first playoff game at Citi Field.

Mets rookie left-hander Steven Matz tries to close out the series Tuesday night, when the visiting Dodgers send NL MVP Clayton Kershaw to the mound on three days' rest. Kershaw has lost five straight postseason starts.

Harvey fell behind 3-0 in the second inning before the Mets broke loose.

Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley, jeered by the crowd after breaking the leg of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada in Game 2, was eligible to play while appealing his two-game suspension, but did not get in.


CHICAGO — Jason Heyward and the St. Louis Cardinals did exactly what they wanted to do against Jake Arrieta.

They just didn't get the result they were seeking, and now they're counting on John Lackey to save their season.

Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber each went deep and the Chicago Cubs set a major league postseason record with six homers Monday in an 8-6 victory over St. Louis to go up 2-1 in the NL Division Series.

The Cardinals, tops in the majors with 100 wins this season, won at least one playoff series in each of the previous four years. But a third straight loss would send them home and put the Cubs in the NLCS for the first time since 2003.

"We're in a good spot there," Wainwright said. "We just came back with a crooked number to get it to a one-run game. As big a sin as a pitcher can commit is to go out there and give the other team right back the runs that you just got. I hate that that happened. Can't stand that that happened."


ARLINGTON, Texas — Sure, R.A. Dickey was disappointed when he saw Blue Jays manager John Gibbons walking toward the mound.

The 40-year-old knuckleballer had a six-run lead and was one out shy of qualifying for a win in his first postseason start.

Dickey also knew he was handing the ball off to a fellow Cy Young winner, and Toronto went on to beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 on Monday to force a deciding Game 5 at home in the AL Division Series.


HOUSTON — Almost out of time and out of the playoffs, the Kansas City Royals realized they needed more than a big home run.

They needed a lot of hits — a maybe a little help, too.

The defending AL champions saved their season Monday. They took advantage when Astros shortstop Carlos Correa couldn't handle a deflected grounder that might have been a double-play ball, rallying for five runs in the eighth inning to beat Houston 9-6, forcing their playoff series to a decisive Game 5.

"We always feel that we're still in games, and we still have a chance," first baseman Eric Hosmer said. "That's the mentality for this whole entire team. It's never quit, and the character we showed today. That's what a championship ballclub does."

Correa homered twice, doubled, singled and drove in four runs in Game 4 of the AL Division Series. Houston took a 6-2 lead into the eighth, but a tough error charged to the 21-year-old rookie keyed the Royals' comeback to even the matchup at two games apiece.