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The Los Angeles Dodgers entered the National League Championship Series with a wealth of postseason experience but nonetheless faced questions on how they would fare against a dominant Milwaukee Brewers bullpen. Kershaw suffered the loss as he allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits over three innings, striking out two and walking two.

Kenta Maeda survived a warning-track fly ball by pinch hitter Curtis Granderson with a runner aboard to end the eighth, before Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen stranded the potential tying run at second base in the ninth by getting Christian Yelich to ground out to end the game and earn the save. He was co-MVP of the NLCS previous year with Taylor when Los Angeles made it to the World Series for the first time since 1988.

Hader wasn't available in Game 2, Jeffress was, and Milwaukee surely regretted not having the lefty at its disposal.

Turner's blast off Brewers relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress gave the Dodgers the lead for the first time in front of a crowd of 43,900 at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

When the series shifts to Dodger Stadium next week, the southern California native will be playing in a park where he used to watch games as a child. Los Angeles committed four errors Friday night, two of them by catcher Yasmani Grandal in the third inning.

Los Angeles Dodgers' South Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin has taken a no-decision in the National League Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Dodgers' third baseman Justin Turner hit a go-ahead two run homer in the eighth inning to win Game 2 against the Brewers on Saturday. The Dodgers head into the matchup as winners in seven of their last 10 contests.

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"He's the glue for our club", manager Dave Roberts said. "I knew what I wanted to throw".

Ryu was charged with two runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Game two of the best-of-seven series is Sunday, with Boston left-hander David Price trying to end his postseason skid against Astros righty Gerrit Cole. "Game 5 comes around, then he'll be the guy on the mound and he'll be the guy who will get us a win".

Upon his arrival in Milwaukee Yelich has set career highs in home runs (36, tied for 3rd in NL), runs batted in (110, tied for 2nd in NL), batting average (.326, won the NL batting title), and on-base percentage (.402, 3rd in NL), all while officially separating himself as the NL MVP front-runner. Instead of being a bit piece, though, Gonzalez played a vital role for Milwaukee, posting a 2.13 ERA in five starts, including five-shutout innings in the regular-season finale that sent the Brewers to a Game 163 showdown with the Cubs for the NL Central title.

In the NL Division Series, while his team quickly dispatched the young Atlanta Braves, Turner went 5-for-14 with four walks and zero strikeouts. Santana swiped second and scored on Ryan Braun's two-out single against Ryan Madson. "But as far as Clayton, I just think it was poor execution", Roberts said.

He was charged with nine runs - eight earned - and five hits in a 21-5 rout on August 2. "And I thought the stuff was good, but he just made mistakes in the strike zone and defensively, again, we didn't do him any favors".