Dodgers defeat Cardinals in MLB thriller

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Chris Taylor hit a two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers earned a dramatic 3-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the MLB's National League wildcard game.

Taylor, who ended the regular season in a 7-for-65 (.108) slump over his last 25 games, took a 2-1 pitch from Cardinals right-hander Alex Reyes (0-1) over the wall in right field to send the Dodgers into the National League Division Series.

Justin Turner also homered for the Dodgers, who will travel to San Francisco to open the NL Division Series against the Giants on Saturday (AEDT).

It will be the first playoff series between the longtime rivals.

Taylor's sixth career playoff home run came after Cody Bellinger drew a two-out walked against TJ McFarland (0-1).

Reyes then replaced McFarland, and Bellinger stole second base before Taylor went deep.

Dodgers right-hander Kenley Jansen (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn the victory.

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