Kershaw's strong outing lifts Dodgers to 3-2 NLCS lead

Enrique Hernandez reacts after striking out in the 7th inning of Game 3 of the NLCS. More

Enrique Hernandez reacts after striking out in the 7th inning of Game 3 of the NLCS. More

Led by Wade Miley and a four-run first inning, Milwaukee staved off elimination and downed the Dodgers, 7-2, to even the NLCS at three games apiece. No one has accused the Brewers of stealing signs yet, but they certainly looked like they were sure of what was to come on those two particular pitches. Shaw has not started since Game 3. Outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich were brought in to provide a boost.

"It's probably a feeling you won't forget, seeing your guys chase after you", Bellinger told reporters.

"Honestly, I was surprised that they were pitching to me", Bellinger said.

"And I think that we've got some balance in there".

"I don't know if it was that much better, just a little bit better execution maybe".

Tuesday's clash was tied at 1-1 through five innings.

What's flipped the scale in favor of Los Angeles is what the Dodgers have done when given an opportunity. Against the Dodgers in Game 3, he worked 5 1/3 scoreless and was better from the command-and-control standpoint (six strikeouts against two walks). This wasn't exactly the best sportsmanship, but neither was Manny Machado kicking Jesus Aguilar. Order was restored quickly, but the Brewers remained incensed that Machado would clip a player while running through the bag. "One time is an accident". If he wants to be on a winning ball club, play like a victor.

Aguilar said Machado apologized upon reaching first base in the 13th inning.

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Los Angeles shot 48.4 per cent from the field but were only seven of 30 on three-point attempts. It's just one game, but if that trend continues, it's not a good one.

"It was huge to get there to third base, less than two outs, give us a shot to do some things", Barnes said of Taylor. "But I just - understanding and seeing what Cody has been going through and really just wearing it and the weight of the world on him".

Throughout this postseason, we've been denied the decisive series finale, as not one of the four Division Series pairings nor the ALCS went the requisite length needed to prompt a do-or-die game for both sides.

It was the Dodgers who struck first in Game 6. The Dodgers didn't strike again until the fifth, when Freese's RBI double sliced the Brewers' lead to 5-2.

"Rich initially was good, and gave us five innings, but the bullpen, what they did tonight against a very good offensive club, my hat's off to these guys", Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said. Brewers catcher Erik Kratz has openly discussed the way his team has tried to mix signals to prevent the Dodgers from picking them up with runners on second, but there have been hints that Milwaukee suspects the espionage has gone beyond what's legal. The left-hander exited in the second inning with a sprained left ankle. Corbin Burnes pitched on consecutive days for just the fifth time in his pro career and gave up an RBI single to Yasiel Puig. A seventh run followed on Aguilar's third hit of the night, a two-out RBI single in the eighth. Also worth mentioning is that Clayton Kershaw will be coming off two days of rest since his Game 5 start.

Then the wait was on. Jesús Aguilar came up to bat with two out and two on, then smacked a two-RBI line drive double to right field.

"Anytime you can work yourself out of situations like that that's going to make or break the game", Kershaw said.

"Twelve", Counsell said jokingly. "Here we are again, with another shot at it. Listen, man, they're a good team".

"I don't think about me". Do what we got to do on the field. However, much of that margin came in an August 2 encounter that the Dodgers won 21-5 and in which Hernan Perez pitched (he gave up five runs).

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