The Arizona Republic

Dodgers reach 2nd straight World Series

- Genaro C. Armas

MILWAUKEE – Yasiel Puig and Cody Bellinger flexed their muscles. Chris Taylor flashed some leather.

Then the Los Angeles Dodgers got a lift from ace Clayton Kershaw out of the bullpen to finish off the Milwaukee Brewers and return to the World Series.

Puig broke open a tight game with a three-run homer in the sixth inning, Taylor robbed Christian Yelich with a super catch and the Dodgers took Game 7 of the NL Championsh­ip Series with a 5-1 win on

Saturday night.

It’s off to Fenway Park for a showdown against the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.

Los Angeles hasn’t won the World Series since 1988. The Dodgers and Red Sox have met once before in the World Series, back in 1916 with Boston beating Brooklyn behind a big game from pitcher Babe Ruth.

Kenley Jansen tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings before yielding to Kershaw in the ninth. The three-time Cy Young Award winner, pitching on two days of rest after starting Game 5, tossed a perfect inning and finished off the Brewers by striking out Mike Moustakas.

Kershaw’s teammates mobbed Kershaw near the mound after the final out, and the celebratio­n was just beginning for manager Dave Roberts and the Dodgers.

They’ve talked about having unfinished business after losing Game 7 of the World Series last year to the Houston Astros. Now the Dodgers have made baseball’s final series of the year in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1977-78.

The Brewers had their chances against rookie starter Walker Buehler, a 24-year-old right-hander who navigated through trouble over 4 2/3 innings. He allowed six hits, including a home run in the first by Yelich that made it 1-0.

Yelich looked like he would get to the Dodgers again in the fifth with Lorenzo Cain on second with two outs. The MVP candidate hit a high, hard liner to left that seemed destined to fall in for a double.

Running at full speed to his left, Taylor extended his glove hand high in the air just as the ball settled into the mitt to end the inning.

 ?? JON DURR/USA TODAY SPORTS ?? The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (right) celebrates with Cody Bellinger (left) after hitting a three-run home run against the Brewers in Game 7 of the NLCS on Saturday night.
JON DURR/USA TODAY SPORTS The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (right) celebrates with Cody Bellinger (left) after hitting a three-run home run against the Brewers in Game 7 of the NLCS on Saturday night.

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