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