ST. LOUIS -- ST. LOUIS (AP) — Clayton Kershaw still couldn't beat the St. Louis Cardinals. Now he has the offseason to think about what went wrong, along with Yasiel Puig and the rest of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kershaw lasted four-plus innings before getting pulled in a 9-0 loss to St. Louis on Friday night in Game 6 of the NLCS, giving the Cardinals a spot in the World Series for the fourth time in 10 seasons.

The Dodgers haven't been there in 25 years.

Trying to overcome a 3-2 postseason series deficit for the first time in franchise history, the Dodgers had Cy Young favorite Kershaw going against rookie Michael Wacha. Like in Game 2 of the series, a 1-0 Cardinals victory, Wacha got the win.

This time it wasn't nearly as close.

Kershaw gave up seven runs on 10 hits and two walks with five strikeouts. The last time he had such a bad outing was also in St. Louis. He surrendered eight runs in five innings July 24, 2012, against the Cardinals.

St. Louis handed Kershaw four losses this season, including the two in the NLCS. Kershaw's 5.09 ERA against the Cardinals dwarfs his overall ERA of 2.06, which includes the postseason.

Kershaw had allowed one earned run over 19 innings on eight hits during the postseason entering the game. He had gone 17 consecutive innings without an earned run before the wheels fell off in the third.

Matt Carpenter forced Kershaw to throw 11 pitches, fouling off eight of them, before starting the Cardinals' four-run rally with a double down the right-field line. St. Louis used five hits, two walks and was helped by a poor-advised throw and a throwing error from Puig.

Kershaw got pulled in the fifth after the first three batters reached on two singles and a double. St. Louis scored five runs, despite not getting another hit in the inning.

Puig again aided St. Louis when he booted Yadier Molina's leadoff single, allowing the All-Star catcher to reach second. Not that the Cuban rookie's second error mattered, as the Cardinals got all the help they needed elsewhere.

The Dodgers had a chance at a possible double play, but got nothing when Mark Ellis couldn't come up with a grounder cleanly enough to even throw home for a possible force. J.P. Howell added to the misery with a wild pitch, bringing home the Cardinals' final run.

Wacha didn't allow the Dodgers much hope. He gave up two hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked one.

Los Angeles was attempting to reach the World Series for the first time since 1988. The Dodgers reached the NLCS in 2008 and 2009 but lost to Philadelphia both times.

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  • Yadier Molina

    St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina reacts after Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 9-0 to win the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Trevor Rosenthal

    St. Louis Cardinals' Trevor Rosenthal reacts after Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 9-0 to win the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Trevor Rosenthal,Trevor Rosenthal

    St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and Trevor Rosenthal react after Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 9-0 to win the series. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Trevor Rosenthal

    St. Louis Cardinals' Trevor Rosenthal reacts after Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 9-0 to win the series. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Adrian Gonzalez

    Los Angeles Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez on the bench during the ninth inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu watches from the dugout during the ninth inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Michael Wacha

    St. Louis Cardinals' Michael Wacha, right, is congratulated in the dugout after scoring during the fifth inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

  • Don Mattingly

    Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly looks around the dugout during the eighth inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • J.P. Howell

    Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher J.P. Howell reacts as he walks to the dugout during the fifth inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • J.P. Howell

    Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher J.P. Howell reacts after the St. Louis Cardinals scored on a wild pitch during the fifth inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Yasiel Puig,Carl Crawford

    Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford pause during a pitching change during the fifth inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Matt Adams

    St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Adams celebrates after scoring during the fifth inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Matt Adams,A.J. Ellis

    St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Adams slides safely past Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis during the fifth inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Clayton Kershaw

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw holds his head down in the dugout after being taken out of the game during the fifth inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Clayton Kershaw

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw holds his head down in the dugout after being taken out of the game during the fifth inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Juan Uribe ,David Freese

    Los Angeles Dodgers' Juan Uribe tags out St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese after being caught in a rundown during the fifth inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Clayton Kershaw

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits in the dugout after being taken out of the game during the fifth inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Clayton Kershaw

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw makes his way to the dugout after being taken out of the game during the fifth inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Yasiel Puig

    Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig has trouble handing a ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina during the fifth inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Matt Adams

    St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Adams hits an RBI double during the fifth inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Carlos Beltran

    St. Louis Cardinals' Carlos Beltran makes a running catch on a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers' Juan Uribe during the fifth inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Mark Ellis

    Los Angeles Dodgers' Mark Ellis has trouble with a ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter during the fourth inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. Ellis recovered to make the play. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • David Freese, A.J. Ellis

    St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese scores after a ball got past Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Michael Wacha

    Fans cheer as St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha walks back to the dugout during the fourth inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Clayton Kershaw

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw walks back to the dugout after the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. The Cardinals scored four runs in the inning. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

  • Shane Robinson

    St. Louis Cardinals' Shane Robinson hits a two-run scoring single during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • David Freese,Yadier Molina

    St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese and Yadier Molina celebrate after both scored on a hit by Shane Robinson during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • David Freese,Yadier Molina

    St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese and Yadier Molina celebrate after both scored on a hit by Shane Robinson during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Clayton Kershaw

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw shouts after walking St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Adams to load the bases during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • David Freese,A.J. Ellis

    St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese scores in front of Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Clayton Kershaw,David Freese

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw watches as St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese hits a single during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Clayton Kershaw ,Matt Adams

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw watches as St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Adams walks to load the bases during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Clayton Kershaw

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw pauses on the mound during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Yadier Molina

    St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina reacts after hitting an RBI single during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Yadier Molina

    St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina hits an RBI single during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Carlos Beltran

    St. Louis Cardinals' Carlos Beltran hits an RBI single during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Yadier Molina

    St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina hits an RBI single to score Carlos Beltran during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Carlos Beltran,Hanley Ramirez

    St. Louis Cardinals' Carlos Beltran reacts after his run-scoring hit during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (13) looks on. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Matt Carpenter

    St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter celebrates after scoring from second on a hit by Carlos Beltran during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Matt Carpenter

    St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter celebrates after scoring from second on a hit by Carlos Beltran during the third inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Pete Kozma

    St. Louis Cardinals' Pete Kozma reacts after striking out during the second inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Clayton Kershaw

    This multiple exposure photo shows Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throwing during the second inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Clayton Kershaw

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws during the first inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David Klutho, Pool)

  • Clayton Kershaw

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws during the first inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David Klutho, Pool)

  • Clayton Kershaw

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws during the first inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David Klutho, Pool)

  • Hanley Ramirez

    Los Angeles Dodgers' Hanley Ramirez gets ready to bat during the second inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Carl Crawford

    Los Angeles Dodgers' Carl Crawford chases down a double hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Carlos Beltran during the first inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

  • Carlos Beltran

    St. Louis Cardinals' Carlos Beltran watches his double off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw during the first inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Clayton Kershaw

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws during the first inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Michael Wacha

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha throws during the first inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David Klutho, Pool)

  • Michael Wacha

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha throws during the first inning of Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David Klutho, Pool)