NEW YORK — The champagne was chilling, but it was the Mets' bats that went ice cold on Tuesday night.
There was no Division Series clincher because this turned out to be the night the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, the best pitcher in baseball over the past five seasons, finally extended his regular-season dominance into October.
Kershaw, working on short rest, held the Mets to three hits over seven innings to win, 3-1, at Citi Field and square his team, 2-to-2, forcing a fifth and deciding game to be played in Los Angeles on Thursday night.
Mets rookie lefthander Steven Matz went five innings, giving up three runs in the third. He actually pitched rather well, a...