Justin Turner drove in five runs to tie a team postseason record as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, 9-5, Friday evening in Game 1 of a National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium.
Turner hit a three-run homer in the first inning and had RBI singles in the fourth and eighth as the Dodgers took a one game to none lead in the best- of-five series. Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.
Clayton Kershaw became the first pitcher to allow four home runs in a postseason game and be credited with the victory. Kershaw was the first Dodger to allow four home runs in a postseason game.
Manager Dave Roberts removed Kershaw after he allowed homers to Ketel Marte and Jeff Mathis on back-to-back pitches with one out in the seventh.
Three Dodger relievers limited the Diamondbacks to an unearned run and three hits over the final 2 2/3 innings before a capacity crowd announced at 54,707.
The first five Dodgers reached base off Arizona right-hander Taijuan Walker. Chris Taylor singled and Corey Sager walked before Turner’s home run. Cody Bellinger singled and scored on Yasiel Puig’s double.
Zack Godley replaced Walker at the start of the second. Walker took the loss, allowing four runs, all earned, and four hits, walking two and striking out three in one inning.
Kershaw struck out seven, walked three and allowed five hits in 6 1/3 innings.
The Dodgers added three runs in the fourth.
Seager singled in Logan Forsythe, who singled to lead off the inning and moved to second on Kershaw’s sacrifice. Turner singled in Taylor, who walked. Puig grounded out to drive in Turner.
In the eighth, Seager tripled in pinch-hitter Austin Barnes. Turner followed with a single, driving in Seager.
The previous Dodgers to drive in five runs in a postseason game were Davey Lopes in the 1978 World Series and Pedro Guerrero in the 1981 World Series.
Bellinger, Forsythe and Taylor all made their postseason debuts.
Each of Arizona’s first four runs came on solo homers.
A.J. Pollock homered with one out in the third. J.D. Martinez homered in the sixth after Paul Goldschmidt grounded into a double play.
Marte scored in the ninth as Seager, the Dodger shortstop, was charged with an error on a wild throw trying to complete a game-ending double play.
Marte had singled with one out, went to second on defensive indifference and third on a ground ball hit by pinch-hitter Jake Lamb to Bellinger, the Dodger first baseman.
Bellinger threw to Seager who stepped on second to force out Daniel Descalso, then made his errant throw.
Dodger reliever Kenley Jansen grabbed a line drive by David Peralta for the final out.
— City News Service