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Clayton Kershaw embarrassed the Brewers' Erik Kratz with a filthy breaking ball

Clayton Kershaw embarrassed the Brewers' Erik Kratz with a filthy breaking ball”

For all the criticism the Los Angeles Dodgers have taken for a heavy reliance on the home-run ball, they awoke from a bit of a slumber in enough key moments for a 5-2 victory that began to feel like more of a rout of the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.

With one out, Machado had a broken-bat single to left and went to second on Guerra's wild pitch.

Bellinger singled home the winning run with two outs in the 13th inning of a 2-1 victory Tuesday night that lasted more than five hours.

That game, Gonzalez went five innings, striking out two batters while allowing just three hits en route to an 11-0 win over the Detroit Tigers.

The Brewers tied the game 1-1 in the fifth on an RBI double from pinch hitter Domingo Santana to score Orlando Arcia from first base. The Brewers will start left-hander Wade Miley, who walked Cody Bellinger to open Game 5 before getting pulled in an interesting piece of strategy by manager Craig Counsell.

But the Dodgers again struggled at the plate after going 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position during a 4-0 loss in Game 3.

"I've been seeing [back-foot sliders] so much now that if you keep seeing it you're going to get used to it. I've learned a lot".

Kershaw pitched in and out of trouble in the third, when the Brewers loaded the bases and scored their lone run. So if this was Kershaw's final home start as a Dodger, if that was really it, he turned in a performance worth remembering.

And while everyone loves to rag on him, think about this: The Dodgers ace has a better career postseason ERA (4.26) than Chris Sale (5.85), David Price (5.42), CC Sabathia (4.31) and Luis Severino (6.26).

Clayton Kershaw will look to bounce back after falling short of expectations on Game 1 of the NLCS in Milwaukee.

"It was huge", shortstop Manny Machado said.

"Everything that happens on the field stays on the field", he said. He went seven strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits with nine strikeouts.

He was facing Brewers starter Wade Miley until, suddenly, he wasn't.

The Dodgers jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a first-inning RBI single from Brian Dozier, who was making his first start of the postseason. After a Game 4 win late Tuesday, both sevens were erased for a "6". Kershaw had the best postseason outing of his career in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Braves, allowing two hits over eight shutout innings.

The Dodgers' defence also contributed to the woes with several nifty plays, including Cody Bellinger's full-stretch, diving catch of Cain's sinking liner leading off the 10th.



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