Turner homers as Dodgers win, 4-3

Texarkana Gazette - - SPORTS - By Jay Co­hen

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 once 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 lift the Dodgers over the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers for a 4-3 vic­tory that evened the NL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries at a game apiece.

The high-pow­ered Dodgers had two measly sin­gles off Wade Mi­ley be­fore break­ing through against one of base­ball’s best bullpens. 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. Or­lando Ar­cia and Travis Shaw home­red, and Lorenzo Cain robbed David Freese of a two-run drive with a leap­ing grab over the wall in cen­ter .

Mi­ley pitched 5 2/3 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 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 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 be­fore round­ing the bases and par­tic­i­pat­ing in sev­eral dif­fer­ent cel­e­bra­tions with his giddy team­mates on his way to the dugout.

Turner bounced back af­ter strik­ing out a ca­reer-worst four times in Game 1.

“It felt good,” Turner said. “I knew it was a homer, and it’s cool to run around the bases and see all your team­mates go­ing crazy, jump­ing up and down wait­ing for you.”

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

“It’s in­tense base­ball games, man,” Jef­fress said. “They’re go­ing to be like this for the rest of the post­sea­son. We’re go­ing to bat­tle, they’re go­ing to bat­tle. Just be ready.”

Los An­ge­les has scored eight runs against Mil­wau­kee’s bullpen, all in the sev­enth in­ning or later.

“The more you face the re­liev­ers, the eas­ier it’s go­ing to get,” Bellinger said.

It was Turner’s sev­enth ca­reer play­off homer. He was co-MVP of the NLCS last year with Tay­lor when Los An­ge­les made it to the World Se­ries for the first time since 1988.

The Dodgers are mak­ing their sixth straight ap­pear­ance in the play­offs while the up­start Brew­ers are in the post­sea­son for the first time since 2011. That ad­van­tage in ex­pe­ri­ence seemed to pay off — es­pe­cially when Turner came up with the big blow.

“He per­son­i­fies ev­ery­thing that I be­lieve in as a base­ball player, as a pro­fes­sional. … He’s the glue for our club,” man­ager Dave Roberts said.

Save for Yasiel Puig snap­ping his bat over his leg af­ter strik­ing out swing­ing with the bases loaded in the sev­enth, Los An­ge­les stayed steady as Mil­wau­kee tried to hold on. Pe­dro Baez got four outs for the win, and Ken­ley Jansen worked the ninth for the save. Jansen broke NL MVP­fa­vorite Chris­tian Yelich’s bat for a ground­out with a run­ner on sec­ond for the fi­nal out.

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Chacin had his worst start of the sea­son at Los An­ge­les on Aug. 2, al­low­ing nine runs, eight earned, and five hits in 4 1/3 in­nings in a 21-5 loss. The vet­eran right-han­der is 5-5 with a 4.96 ERA in 12 ca­reer starts at Dodger Sta­dium. Buehler is mak­ing his sec­ond ca­reer start against Mil­wau­kee. The rookie righthander tossed seven in­nings of five-hit ball in a 1-0 loss to the vis­it­ing Brew­ers on July 31.

AP Photo/Jeff Rober­son

■ Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers third base­man Her­nan Perez (14) tags Los An­ge­les Dodgers' Max Muncy (13) out and turns to a dou­ble play dur­ing the eighth in­ning of Game 2 of the Na­tional League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries base­ball game Sat­ur­day in Mil­wau­kee.

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