Kershaw's strong outing lifts Dodgers to 3-2 NLCS lead

Dodgers' Max Muncy finds his swing against Brewers' unpredictable bullpen

Dodgers' Max Muncy finds his swing against Brewers' unpredictable bullpen

Down one run in the fifth inning of Game 5 on Wednesday, the Dodgers' backup catcher delivered perhaps the series' most consequential hit to date.

Kershaw looked like his peak self during his first start this postseason, when he threw eight shutout innings and allowed just two hits in Game 2 of the NL Division Series against the Atlanta Braves. Game 6 of the NLCS will take place Friday at Milwaukee, with Game 7 on Saturday, if necessary.

"Rich initially was good, and gave us five innings, but the bullpen, what they did tonight against a very good offensive club, my hat's off to these guys", Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said. "We're up 3-2 now and we only have to take one of two in Milwaukee".

Cody Bellinger drove in Manny Machado with the game-winning single in the bottom of the 13th inning Tuesday night as the host Dodgers prevailed 2-1 in 13 innings to even the National League Championship at two games apiece.

"In that situation it's 1-0, so thankfully Barnes came up huge right there, got that big knock for us, because if the runner is on third, Puig is probably going to get that at-bat and my day is over", Kershaw said.

"We're good for sure", Aguilar said. "And putting everything else on the back burner as best I possibly can". The Dodgers scored just seven runs in their three NLCS home games and did not hit a home run. He then blanked the Brewers in the sixth and seventh as the Dodgers built a lead with RBI singles from Max Muncy and Puig.

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The Brewers' Curtis Granderson had a pinch-hit RBI double in the ninth inning off Ryan Madson.

Woodruff, the reliever who homered against Kershaw in Game 1, walked following Arcia's one-out single to begin the rally.

Los Angeles extended the lead to 5-1 in the seventh on Turner's RBI single that scored Kershaw, who walked, and pinch-hitter Brian Dozier's RBI groundout.

Taylor connected on a 97 miles per hour four-seam fastball for an infield single and was able to take second on a throwing error by Milwaukee shortstop Orlando Arcia. NL MVP candidate Yelich went 1-for-5 and is now 3-for-16 (.188) in the past four games. "And to my understanding, you get 10 days after the World Series".

Milwaukee's starters have tossed just 14 innings in the NLCS, the lowest total ever through five games, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The 2008 Dodgers and 1984 Padres share the record for fewest innings by starting pitchers with 21 1/3.

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