Re­liever Woodruff’s HR stuns Ker­shaw, Brewers take Game 1

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Ge­naro C. Ar­mas

MIL­WAU­KEE >> So they can hit, too.

Re­liever Bran­don Woodruff stunned ace Clay­ton Ker­shaw with an early home run and Mil­wau­kee’s nor­mally shut­down bullpen held on — barely — 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 cen­ter fielder Lorenzo Cain’s glove with two outs be­fore Corey Knebel fanned Justin Turner to end it.

Ker­shaw was chased be­fore he could re­tire a bat­ter 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 Satur­day at Miller Park, with Wade Mi­ley pitch­ing for the Brewers against Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Mil­wau­kee man­ager Craig Coun­sell’s pitch­ing-by-com­mit­tee strat­egy con­tin­ued to be a hit, at least un­til the late in­nings.

Fi­nally, the hard-throw­ing Knebel re­stored or­der by strik­ing out Turner. Knebel walked Joc Ped­er­son with two outs be­fore Tay­lor’s long drive.

Woodruff picked up the win and helped him­self out at the plate.

Af­ter starter Gio Gon­za­lez went two in­nings, nicked by Machado’s home run, Woodruff en­tered in the top of the third. In the bot­tom half, Woodruff made a sud­den im­pact — with his bat.

MATT SLOCUM — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The Brewers’ Lorenzo Cain, Or­lando Ar­cia and Chris­tian Yelich cel­e­brate af­ter Game 1 of the Na­tional League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries Fri­day in Mil­wau­kee. The Brewers won 6-5 to take a 1-0 lead in the se­ries.

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