Selected as NLDS Game 4 starter

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The Diamondbacks have not named a starter for Game 2, while the Dodgers will go with Rich Hill in that game.

Looking to back up their season-best 104 wins, the Los Angeles Dodgers begin their 2017 postseason campaign against the NL West rival Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.

"It's pretty special when he gets focused and locked in", said Clayton Kershaw, the game's winning pitcher. You've got your ace (Kershaw) on the mound and the ability to have Chase on the bench to use him at any point in time to impact the game, I think holds huge value.

Puig went 2 for 5 in the Dodgers' win, with a double, a triple and two RBI. 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. He is 0-3 with a 5.03 ERA in four starts this season and 1-5 with a 4.78 ERA in nine career starts against them. Stripling pitched more relief innings than any Dodgers pitcher this season but he had a 6.08 ERA over his final 13 appearances.

Kershaw allowed four homers. "No excuses. I gave up too many home runs tonight", said Kershaw on his performance tonight.

In the top of the first inning, Puig made a decision to lick his baseball bat, for some reason. So we haven't quite determined the Game 2 starter, but we're going to drill down to that as quickly as we possibly can.

"You couldn't ask for a better start to the game", Kershaw said.

Lovullo replaced Walker with Zack Godley at the start of the second after a 48-pitch first inning. Cody Bellinger singled, then scored on an RBI-double by Yasiel Puig to make it 4-0.

And in the seventh, Arizona continued to rake, getting back-to-back bombs from Ketel Marte and Jeff Mathis off of Kershaw-bringing the D-Backs to within three.

L.A. center fielder Chris Taylor led off the game with a single, which was followed by a Corey Seager walk.

"No regrets, whatsoever", Lovullo said. He just never got in a rhythm. That aggression would pay off later for them as four of their overall five hits against Kershaw came off swinging at the first pitch. It includes 12 pitchers (including more than one struggling reliever) but no baserunning specialist.

But Seager hit an RBI triple in the eighth, and Turner drove him home.

Hill's been effective against the D-backs, holding current Arizona players to a slash line of just.207/.270/.413.

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.

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