Mil­wau­kee holds off Dodgers

Re­liever Woodruff’s homer helps Brewers stun Ker­shaw, L.A. in NLCS opener.

The Times-Tribune - - 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, on 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.

MATT Slocum / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Mil­wau­kee’s Lorenzo Cain re­acts af­ter hit­ting a dou­ble dur­ing the sixth in­ning of Game 1 of the Na­tional League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries on Fri­day against Los An­ge­les.

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