Brewers hold off Dodgers
Reliever Woodruff hits solo homer to get Milwaukee rolling
SUN 10-21 vs. Sacramento, 6 p.m., FSOK
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 defeated the sloppy Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 Friday night in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series.
Hard-throwing Josh Hader and the Brewers earned their 12th consecutive 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 LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (Best-of-7, x-if necessary)
All Games on TBS HOUSTON VS. BOSTON Saturday: Houston (Verlander 16-9) at Boston (Sale 12-4), 7:09 p.m.
Sunday: Houston (Cole 15-5) at Boston (Price 16-7), 6:09 p.m.
Tuesday: Boston at Houston, p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 17: Boston at Houston, 7:39 p.m.
x-Thursday, Oct. 18: 7:09 p.m.
x-Saturday, Oct. 20: 4:09 p.m.
x-Sunday, Oct. 21: Houston at Boston, 6:39 p.m. Boston at Houston, Houston at Boston,
Game 2 FOX23; all others FS1 MILWAUKEE 1, LOS ANGELES 0 Friday: Milwaukee 6, Los Angeles 5
Saturday: Los Angeles (Ryu 7-3) at Milwaukee (Miley 5-2), 3:09 p.m.
Monday: Milwaukee (Chacin 15-8) at Los Angeles (Buehler 8-5), 6:39 p.m.
Tuesday: Milwaukee (TBA) at Los Angeles (Hill 11-5), 8:09 p.m.
x-Wednesday, Oct. 17: Milwaukee at Los Angeles, 4:05 p.m.
x-Friday, Oct. 19: Los Angeles at Milwaukee, 7:39 p.m.
x-Saturday, Oct. 20:
Milwaukee, 8:09 p.m. Los Angeles at
off center fielder Lorenzo Cain's glove with two outs before Corey Knebel struck out 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 manager Craig Counsell's pitchingby-committee strategy continued to be a hit, at least until the late innings.
Finally, 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.
Woodruff became just the third relief pitcher to homer in the postseason.
E–Grandal 2 (2), Taylor, Turner. LOB– Milwaukee 8, Los Angeles 6. DP–Los Angeles 2. 2B–Cain (1). 3B–Taylor (1). HR–Aguilar (1); Woodruff (1). Machado (1). SB–Santana (1). SF–Perez (1).
HRKershaw pitched to 3 batters 4th
PB–Grandal 2, Pina. Umpires–Home, Scott Barry; First, Alan Porter; Second, Gerry Davis; Third, Hunter Wendelstedt.
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