LOS ANGELES — Justin Turner homered and drove in 5 runs, Clayton Kershaw gained regardless of giving up 4 homers and the Dodgers roared to a 9-5 victory over the Diamondbacks on Friday night time of their NL Division Collection opener.
Turner hit a 3-run homer and Yasiel Puig added an RBI double earlier than the Dodgers made their first out towards Arizona starter Taijuan Walker, who lasted only one inning in his playoff debut.
Turner, a former Met, added an RBI single within the fourth and one other within the eighth. The pink-bearded slugger tied a Dodgers document for many RBIs in a postseason recreation, sharing it with Pedro Guerrero and Davey Lopes.
A.J. Pollock, J.D. Martinez, Ketel Marte and Jeff Mathis homered off Kershaw, however Arizona’s euphoria from its wild-card victory over the Rockies was erased throughout a tough first inning in Chavez Ravine.
Recreation 2 is Saturday night time, with Wealthy Hill dealing with Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray.
Puig and Corey Seager each tripled and drove in two runs for the 104-win Dodgers, who beat their NL West rivals comfortably even whereas Kershaw added one other bizarre chapter to his unimpressive playoff historical past.
The three-time Cy Younger Award winner gave up solely 4 hits in 6 ¹/₃ innings, however nonetheless turned the primary pitcher in workforce historical past to yield 4 homers in a postseason recreation. He earned a playoff victory at Dodger Stadium for the primary time in his profession.
Kershaw struck out seven, however the ace left-hander’s frequent incapability to match his common-season brilliance in October stays a continuing presence. He struggled with the lengthy ball once more after serving up a profession-excessive 23 homers in the course of the common season, however nonetheless earned his fifth victory in 15 postseason begins.