Clayton Kershaw tosses 7 innings on short rest as Dodgers force Game 5

Kershaw comes up big, Dodgers force Game 5

On three days' rest, Clayton Kershaw strikes out eight over seven innings to lead the Dodgers past the Mets and send the NLDS back to Los Angeles for a decisive Game 5.

NEW YORK -- Clayton Kershaw ended his five-game postseason skid with seven brilliant innings while pitching on three days' rest and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Mets 3-1 Tuesday night to force a deciding Game 5 in the NL Division series.

The series shifts back to Dodger Stadium on Thursday.

Game 2 winner Zack Greinke will try to lead the Dodgers to a spot in the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs. Jacob deGrom, who beat Kershaw in Game 1, is set to start for the Mets.

Kershaw gave up one run and three hits. The reigning NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner was 1-6 with a 4.99 ERA for his postseason career entering this start.