Looking to clinch a spot in the NLCS, the New York Mets were unable to close out the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

Clayton Kershaw (Getty Images)
Clayton Kershaw (Getty Images)

The Dodgers, behind Clayton Kershaw, beat the Mets in Game 4 of the NLDS to force a deciding Game 5 in Los Angeles.

The 3-1 win was spearheaded by Kershaw's 7-inning, 3-hit, 8-strikeout performance on just three day's rest.

The Dodgers got three runs in the third inning of Mets rookie Steven Matz, who otherwise looked good through five innings in his first postseason start.

Justin Turner provided the big blow in that third inning, hitting a two-run double with two outs.

Daniel Murphy got the Mets on the board in the fourth with a home run to right field. It's his second home run of the series off Kershaw.

Game 5 is Thursday in Los Angeles. The Mets will send Jacob deGrom to the mound, who won Game 1. He will be opposed by Zack Greinke.