Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

Dodgers complete sweep of Diamondbacks, await Cubs-Nationals victor in NLCS

Dodgers complete sweep of Diamondbacks, await Cubs-Nationals victor in NLCS

Asked if Rizzo, who drove in two runs in each of the first two games of the series, seems like a player who gets hits at key moments in the playoffs, Baker responded: "Well, yeah, I guess".

Through his first two postseason games, Cody Bellinger had shown very little of the form that produced an NL rookie record 39 homers and a.267/.352/.581 line.

In the National League Division Series (NLDS) the Chicago Cubs are facing the Washington Nationals and the Diamondbacks are facing the Dodgers.

The Dodgers are looking to sweep the Diamondbacks with another win here today, and will be looking for Yu Darvish to do the business for them tonight.

While leading the majors in victories for the first time since 1974, they won 25 one-run games and 20 more by two runs.

The Dodgers would take a 2-0 lead add a run in the fifth inning on a Bellinger solo shot to left center. The Dodgers would continue threaten over the next three innings but Greinke was able to navigate his way out of danger. Four relievers - including starter-turned-post-season-reliever Kenta Maeda - gave up nothing more than a one single by David Peralta in the bottom of the ninth. Ending the D-backs season and sending the Dodgers to the National League Championship Series for the third time in the last five years.

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The D-backs sent Archie Bradley to the mound in the seventh, after retiring Seager and Turner, Bradley walked Bellinger and Puig struck out Barnes to strand the baserunners.

The Red Sox hosted the Astros to Fenway Park and avoided elimination with their 10-3 win, bringing the series to 2-1 in favor of the Astros. He needed just 30 pitches to get through three innings, including a seven-pitch third that give his opposite number, who grounded out in that stretch, nearly no time to sit down. It was station-to-station baseball, and it was deployed perfectly to give the Dodgers an early 1-0 lead. The 31-year-old from Japan has a 5.40 ERA while losing both his career postseason starts but the Dodgers acquired him from the Texas Rangers to boost up their playoff-caliber pitching.

"And then when he got two strikes, he was tough".

The trouble began when Taylor smoked that leadoff double into the leftfield corner on Greinke's sixth pitch. Darvish has a 2.44 ERA in 92 1/3 road innings this year.

PHOENIX (AP) - Zack Greinke left Los Angeles for a big payday in the desert.

On Monday night, though, Greinke struggled to put away hitters, needing 29 pitches to complete a laborious first inning and going to a full count on five of the first eight batters he faced. On Monday, his bold philosophies were on full display, beginning with a seemingly controversial lifting of Darvish after he hit pinch-hitter Christian Walker in the helmet to lead off the sixth. Poor Fernando Rodney, the Diamondbacks closer, not only never got to fire a single arrow, he never even got to pitch in the series.

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