Winner takes all: Dodgers top Cardinals in an epic wild-card showdown

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 6, 2021: Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor (3) reacts while running the bases after his 2-run homer wins the game against the St Louis Cardinals in the National League Wild Card game at Dodger Stadium on October 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor (3) reacts while running the bases after his two-run home run to win the game against the St Louis Cardinals in the National League Wild Card game at Dodger Stadium on October 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

The Dodgers host the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League wild-card game Wednesday at 5:10 p.m. PDT. Check back for photos throughout the game.

Fans gather outside the left field gate hours before the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals
Fans gather outside the left field gate hours before the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Wild Card game at Dodger Stadium. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Players warm up on the field long before fans fill the stadium to watch the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals
Players warm up on the field long before fans fill the stadium to watch the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Wild Card game at Dodger Stadium. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Micah Agustin,14, of San Diego reacts after catching a ball during the St Louis Cardinals batting practice
Micah Agustin,14, of San Diego reacts after catching a ball during the St Louis Cardinals batting practice before the National League Wild Card game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on October 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)
Fans get a glimpse of Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer warming up in the bullpen
Fans get a glimpse of Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) warming up in the bullpen before before the National League Wild Card game against the St Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on October 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Albert Pujols signs autographs for fans before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals
Los Angeles Dodgers' Albert Pujols signs autographs for fans before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
The Spanish language voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers Jaime Jarrin delivers the first pitch before the game
The Spanish language voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers Jaime Jarrin delivers the first pitch before the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Teams line up for the National Anthem before the National League Wild Card
Teams line up for the National Anthem before the National League Wild Card game between the Dodgers and St Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on October 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer delivers a pitch during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer delivers a pitch during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Louis Cardinals' Tommy Edman, left, scores ahead of the catch by Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer
St. Louis Cardinals' Tommy Edman, left, scores ahead of the catch by Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer after a wild pitch by Scherzer during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer tosses the baseball while on the mound
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer tosses the baseball while on the mound during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
The crowd cheers after Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts makes a catch at the right field wall
The crowd cheers after Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts makes a catch at the right field wall of a foul ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Tyler O'Neill during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright waves while leaving the field
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright waves while leaving the field during the first inning at Dodger Stadium against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright wipes his face
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright wipes his face during the third inning at Dodger Stadium against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer fields an infield ground ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Edmundo Sosa
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer fields an infield ground ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Edmundo Sosa during the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner hits a solo home run to tie the game
Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner hits a solo home run to tie the game during the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner follows through on a swing for a solo home run
Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner follows through on a swing for a solo home run during the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner looks up after hitting a solo home run to tie the game
Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner looks up after hitting a solo home run to tie the game during the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (10) watches his solo homer clear the left field wall.
Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (10) watches his solo homer clear the left field wall to tie the game against the St Louis Cardinals in he four inning of the National League Wild Card game at Dodger Stadium on October 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner looks up after hitting a solo home run to tie the game
Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner looks up after hitting a solo home run to tie the game during the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run to tie the game
Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run to tie the game off of St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright during the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run to tie the game
Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run to tie the game during the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner, left, celebrates with Max Muncy after hitting a solo home run
Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner, left, celebrates with Max Muncy after hitting a solo home run to tie the game during the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner breaks his bat
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner (6) breaks his bat as he hits into a double play with the bases loaded against the St Louis Cardinals in he third inning of the National League Wild Card game at Dodger Stadium on October 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright celebrates after a pitch
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright celebrates after a pitch during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer reacts on the mound during the fifth inning
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer reacts on the mound during the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer is taken out of the game during the fifth inning
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer is taken out of the game during the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly reacts after a pitch during the fifth inning
Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly reacts after a pitch during the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brusdar Graterol delivers a pitch
Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brusdar Graterol delivers a pitch during the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brusdar Graterol celebrates after the last out of the sixth inning
Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brusdar Graterol celebrates after the last out of the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt tags out Los Angeles Dodgers' AJ Pollock at first base
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt tags out Los Angeles Dodgers' AJ Pollock at first base during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger steals second base ahead of the tag by St. Louis Cardinals' Tommy Edman
Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger, left, steals second base ahead of the tag by St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Tommy Edman during the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
The St. Louis Cardinals bullpen watches the game during the seventh inning
The St. Louis Cardinals bullpen watches the game during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen reacts after a pitch
Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen reacts after a pitch during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen walks off the field after retiring the side
Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen walks off the field after retiring the side during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles, CA - October 06: home run
Los Angeles Dodgers' Chris Taylor hits the game-winning two-run home run during the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
The Los Angeles Dodgers celebration after Chris Taylor hits the game-winning home run
The Los Angeles Dodgers celebration after Chris Taylor hits the game-winning two-run home run during the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor celebrates while rounding the bases
Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor celebrates while rounding the basesafter hitting the game-winning two-run home run during the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Alex Reyes stares into the outfield after a homer by Chris Taylor
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Alex Reyes (29) stares into the outfield after Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor (3) hit a two-run home run to win the National League Wild Card game at Dodger Stadium on October 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina walks off the field as the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate a walk-off home run
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina walks off the field as the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate a walk-off home run by Los Angeles Dodgers' Chris Taylor during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor celebrates while crossing home after hitting the game-winning home run
Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor celebrates while crossing home after hitting the game-winning two-run home run during the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers celebrate as Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor (3) approaches home plate after his two-run home run
Dodgers celebrate as Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor (3) approaches home plate after his two-run home run to win the game against the St Louis Cardinals in the National League Wild Card game at Dodger Stadium on October 6, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

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