Brew­ers stymie Dodgers’ rally in opener

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MIL­WAU­KEE 6 LOS AN­GE­LES 5 (Brew­ers lead se­ries 1-0)

MIL­WAU­KEE — Re­liever Bran­don Woodruff stunned ace Clay­ton Ker­shaw with a solo home run and the typ­i­cally ef­fi­cient Mil­wau­kee bullpen barely held on as the Brew­ers beat the sloppy Los An­ge­les Dodgers 6-5 Fri­day night in Game 1 of the NL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries.

Hard-throw­ing Josh Hader and the Brew­ers earned their 12th straight win, one shy of the fran­chise record set to open the 1987 sea­son.

The Dodgers scored three times in the eighth to make it 6-4, then nearly tied it in the ninth. Chris Tay­lor hit an RBI triple off cen­tre fielder Lorenzo Cain’s glove with two outs be­fore Corey Knebel fanned Justin Turner to end it.

Ker­shaw was chased be­fore he could re­tire in the fourth in­ning.

Manny Machado home­red and drove in three runs for Los An­ge­les. The Dodgers com­mit­ted four er­rors, in­clud­ing two by catcher Yas­mani Gran­dal, who also had two passed balls.

Game 2 is to­day at Miller Park, with Wade Mi­ley pitch­ing for the Brew­ers against Hyun-Jin Ryu. • BOS­TON — J.D. Martinez wants to thank the Hous­ton Astros — not get back at them — for re­leas­ing him when he was strug­gling to make him­self into a star.

The Red Sox slug­ger cred­its his grow­ing pains in Hous­ton for teach­ing him “how to fail,” a les­son he cred­its with trans­form­ing him into an MVP can­di­date who helped Bos­ton win a fran­chise-record 108 games and reach the AL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries against his for­mer team.

“My fail­ures in Hous­ton is what made me who I am,” Martinez said Fri­day, a day be­fore the Astros and Red Sox open the best-of-seven se­ries. “There’s re­ally no an­i­mos­ity there. In a sense they did me a favour by al­low­ing me to leave and play on an­other team.”

It will be the sec­ond straight year the Red Sox and Astros meet in the post-sea­son — last year it was the ALDS — and the sec­ond straight year that aces Chris Sale will go against Justin Ver­lan­der in the opener.

The big­gest dif­fer­ence this time: Bos­ton has Martinez on its side. And the Astros could have. Martinez made his big-league de­but for Hous­ton in 2011, driv­ing in 28 runs in his first full month in the ma­jors. Af­ter play­ing part time the next two years — hit­ting 18 homers with 91 RBIs in 199 games — he was 26 years old and bat­ting .167 in the spring of 2014 when the Astros re­leased him, pre­fer­ring to give the at-bats to top prospect Ge­orge Springer.

Martinez landed with De­troit that sea­son and by 2015 he was an All-Star, hit­ting 38 homers with 102 RBIs. He hit 45 homers last year, when he was traded from the Tigers to Di­a­mond­backs and was 14th in MVP vot­ing.

Mil­wau­kee’s Lorenzo Cain scores as a throw gets past Dodgers catcher Yas­mani Gran­dal dur­ing the third in­ning of Game 1 Fri­day night in Mil­wau­kee.

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