Cody Bellinger is leading off for the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series on Wednesday, hours after his game-winning single pulled Los Angeles into a 2-all tie with Milwaukee in the best-of-seven series. Domingo Santana contributed an RBI pinch-hit double. Junior Guerra took the loss in relief as he surrendered one earned run on two hits with four strikeouts and no walks over 3 2/3 innings. Then with two outs and a full count, Bellinger ripped a single to right field to score Machado and win the game.
It was the fourth postseason extra-inning game in Dodger Stadium history, and the home team's first such win since beating Philadelphia in Game 4 of the 1978 NLCS.
Bellinger, who entered as a pinch hitter in the sixth, also had the defensive play of the game. He ended up going 2-for-4 with the biggest RBI of the game.
The slumping Bellinger, who began the night 1 for 21 in these playoffs, was chased all the way into left field by teammates. But, the Dodgers went with it and all they could do was hope Urias would not need to be used in an extraneous situation.
"I played right field in the minor leagues a lot before I started playing center field". Trouble for Woodruff arose in the bottom of the fifth when Orlando Arcia's throwing error put Chris Taylor at second base with nobody out.
Kershaw pitched in and out of trouble in the third, when the Brewers loaded the bases and scored their lone run.
The Dodgers moved in for the kill Wednesday with two runs in the seventh that extended their lead to 5-1. Ryan Braun worked a walk to load the bases with two outs but Kershaw escaped the jam by striking out Jesús Aguilar. Aguilar appeared upset and the two exchanged words.
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Clayton Kershaw will look to bounce back after falling short of expectations on Game 1 of the NLCS in Milwaukee. "He's a great guy". In eight of those 12 starts, Kershaw allowed one earned run or less in at least six innings of work.
The defending NL champion Dodgers took a 3-2 advantage in the best-of-seven series as they aim to take part in consecutive World Series for the first time since 1977-78.
The Brewers are starting Hernan Perez at second base, his first start since Game 1 of the series. He will start Game 6.
Dodgers: Kershaw took the loss in Game 1 against the Brewers.