Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers do just enough for win

The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series on Friday when they beat the Diamondbacks 9-5. The 26-year-old faced the Diamondbacks four times this season (three starts and one relief appearance), allowing six runs over 21 innings (2.57 ERA). He gave up three earned runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and no walks over four innings in a 5-3 win at the Rockies his last regular season start.

Walker went 9-9 with a 3.49 ERA in 28 starts during his first season with Arizona. The Dodgers are 19-7 in their last 26 Saturday games, 47-18 in their last 65 home games and 8-0 in Hills last 8 Saturday starts.

Zack Greinke is slated to pitch in Game 3, Arizona could use a win in Game 2 to shake up the Dodgers and set up Greinke for a big win in Game 3. In the Diamondbacks loss, the pitching staff allowed nine runs and 12 hits, which means Arizona has given up a combined 17 runs and 25 hits in its first two preseason games overall.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks hope to tie up this series before going home for game three on Monday. "No excuses. I gave up too many home runs tonight", said Kershaw on his performance tonight. That game will be out of Dodgers Stadium.

"He's called "the Wild Horse" for a reason", said Manager Dave Roberts, who benched Puig twice in September, but now was smiling at his antics. Martinez, Pollock, Jeff Mathis and Ketel Marte did just that off of Kershaw Friday.

Kershaw tossed (6.1 IP, 5 Hits, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7K) in 100 pitches. But when Greinke failed to get through four innings, Ray was forced into service and pitched 2 1/3 innings, giving up two hits and one run. Zack Godley ran into trouble in the fourth inning, allowing three runs on a pair of run-scoring singles by Corey Seager and Justin Turner and a productive out from Yasiel Puig. In the first inning, just before hitting his double, he stuck it out to lick his bat, only to recoil when he realized the taste of a bat slathered with pine tar is actually quite disgusting.

Turner finished the game with five RBI, tying a Dodgers postseason record shared by Pedro Guerrero and Davey Lopes.


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