By advancing to the division series, the Arizona Diamondbacks can throw southpaws Robbie Ray and Patrick Corbin against the Dodgers, along with their ace Zack Greinke, who defected from Los Angeles in free agency. The 26-year-old faced the Diamondbacks four times this season (three starts and one relief appearance), allowing six runs over 21 innings (2.57 ERA).
Walker went 9-9 with a 3.49 ERA during the regular season, and he was 0-2 in his last four starts, giving up 12 runs (10 earned) in 18 2/3 innings in that stretch.
Boston's pitchers get a breather after being battered by the Astros in the first two games of their ALDS, and almost all the arms need a rest in the Yankees-Indians series following Friday's extra-inning showdown.
Despite not being a save situation, the Dodgers went to closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth to put the game away. There will be a day off Sunday as the teams head to Phoenix, so Greinke will have his usual four days of rest between starts.
Kershaw became the first pitcher to give up that many homers and still win a postseason outing and, continuing a night of firsts, he also recorded his first playoff win at Dodger Stadium.
"I don't know why", Puig said.
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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he understood Lovullo's decision to burn his two best starters in the wild-card game.
Roberts removed Kershaw after he allowed homers to Ketel Marte and Jeff Mathis on back-to-back pitches with one out in the seventh.
After a Cody Bellinger single, Yasiel Puig lined a double into center field to give Los Angeles a 4-0 advantage. Some of those appeared in the fourth, when Corey Seager's RBI single and another RBI from Turner keyed a three-run rally against Godley that broke open the game.
"No regrets whatsoever", he said. The Dodgers ten iced this one with a two-spot in the eighth inning. He just never got in a rhythm.
Wood will start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Diamondbacks, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Then Justin Turner would drive in his fifth run of the night with a single to right-giving the Dodgers a 9-4 lead. But he escaped that inning by striking out Diamondbacks sluggers Paul Goldschmidt and J.D.
Turner's five RBIs tied the Dodgers' postseason record, set by Davey Lopes in the 1978 World Series and tied three years later by Pedro Guerrero in that season's Fall Classic.