Justin time

Turner’s homer helps Dodgers even se­ries with Brew­ers

Winnipeg Sun - - SPORTS - — Post­media Net­work wires

MILWAUKEE — Justin Turner and the Los An­ge­les Dodgers know all about per­form­ing in the post­sea­son.

Backed into a tough spot Satur­day, the red-headed slug­ger de­liv­ered — again.

Shut down for most of the af­ter­noon, Los An­ge­les staged an­other late rally and Turner hit a two-run homer in the eighth in­ning to send the Dodgers over the Milwaukee Brew­ers 4-3 and even the NL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries at a game apiece.

The high-pow­ered Dodgers had two measly sin­gles off starter Wade Mi­ley be­fore break­ing through against a vaunted bullpen. Af­ter forc­ing the Brew­ers to use six re­liev­ers in Milwaukee’s 6-5 vic­tory Fri­day night, the NL West cham­pi­ons put that ex­tended look to good use in Game 2, es­pe­cially against fal­ter­ing all-star Jeremy Jef­fress.

“As long as we have outs left, we know we’re in the game,” Turner said.

Milwaukee wasted a ter­rific per­for­mance by Mi­ley in its first loss in three weeks, end­ing a 12-game win­ning streak that pro­duced free burg­ers for its fans as part of a pro­mo­tion by a lo­cal res­tau­rant chain. Mi­ley pitched 52/3 score­less in­nings in his sec­ond ca­reer play­off start and had two hits in his first mul­ti­hit game since 2014.

“We were in re­ally good shape with the ef­fort that Wade gave us,” Brew­ers man­ager Craig Coun­sell said. “He pitched beau­ti­fully.”

The best-of-seven se­ries now moves to Dodger Sta­dium for Game 3 on Mon­day night. Walker Buehler pitches for Los An­ge­les and Jhoulys Chacin gets the ball for Milwaukee.

Mi­ley handed a 2-0 lead over to his bullpen and Travis Shaw tacked on a solo drive in the sixth, de­light­ing a yel­low towel-wav­ing crowd of 43,905 at Miller Park. But that was the last run for the Brew­ers, and the Dodgers fin­ished off their rally this time around af­ter nearly tak­ing Game 1.

Cody Bellinger got Los An­ge­les on the board with an RBI sin­gle in the sev­enth, chas­ing Corbin Burnes and stop­ping an 0-for-15 slide in the play­offs that landed him on the bench at the start of the game. Austin Barnes forced in an­other run with a bases-loaded walk off

Jef­fress, but the right-han­der es­caped when pinch-hit­ter Yas­mani Gran­dal bounced into a dou­ble play.

The Dodgers went right back to work in the eighth. Chris Taylor reached on a lead­off sin­gle be­fore Turner hit a long drive to left off Jef­fress, ad­mir­ing the ball with his bat pointed toward the sky for a short time be­fore round­ing the bases.

Jef­fress also strug­gled in Game 1, al­low­ing two hits while only record­ing one out. He was charged with two runs and six hits in 31/3 in­nings in three ap­pear­ances in the Di­vi­sion Se­ries against Colorado, in­clud­ing a blown save in the opener.

Dodgers’ Justin Turner belts a two-run home in the eighth in­ning off Brew­ers re­liever Jeremy Jef­fress in Game 2 of the NLCS in Milwaukee last night. DY­LAN BUELL/GETTY IM­AGES

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