Cody Bellinger fielded a single with just one strikeout early in the ninth inning Thursday night, sending the Los Angeles Dodgers to the National League Championship Series with a 2-1 victory over host San Francisco Giants in the match 5 of the NL Division Series.
In a contest that would be the last of the season for one of the two most-winning teams in the majors, the Dodgers pulled off Mookie Betts’ 4-on-4 performance and six-hitting six-pitching combined in fifth place. NLCS in six years.
Los Angeles will visit the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the Best Seven Series on Saturday.
After the Dodgers and Giants traded points in the sixth inning, Justin Turner got Los Angeles’ ninth shot when he was hit by a Camilo Doval (0-1) pitch with a strikeout.
Gavin Lux propelled Turner to second with a single, and when Bellinger hit his shot down center, Turner rushed home with the deciding point.
After closest Kenley Jansen (1-0) threw a scoreless eighth goal, Cy Young Award contender Max Scherzer came out of the Dodgers box and overcame a mistake of a third baseman’s takedown Turner in ninth for his first career save.
The expected pitching duel between Giants right-hander Logan Webb and Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias fell through, even after Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts threw the ball into the equation by pitching right-hander Corey Knebel.
Knebel and right-hander Brusdar Graterol did their part for Roberts, combining two scoreless innings to start the game, before the Webb-Urias duel began.
The Dodgers scored the first goal in the sixth when Betts scored a one-out single, stole the second and trotted home to a double from Corey Seager’s opposite field.
Webb escaped further damage and six shots later, Darin Ruf’s first home run against Urias tied the game again at 1-1. The 452-foot bomb in the middle of the field was the veteran’s first homer in the playoffs.
Urias, the game-winning pitcher of Game 2 of the series, was called out after four innings, allowing one run and three hits. He walked for five years and did not walk anybody.
Webb, who pitched a 7 2/3 shutout in Game 1, who was charged with one run on four hits in seven innings. He took out seven and walked one.
Betts’ four hits were singles for the Dodgers, the defending World Series champions who rallied to 1-0 and 2-1 deficits in the series.
Kris Bryant had two hits for the Giants, who were the majors’ most successful team in the regular season with 107 wins. The Dodgers have won 106 regular season games.
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