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Dodgers pull away from Brewers, 5-2, to take 3-2 NLCS lead

Clayton Kershaw allowed just one run on three hits in seven innings, and Max Muncy’s sixth-inning single drove in the go-ahead run as the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled away for a 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers lead the National League Championship Series, 3 games to 2. Los Angeles won Game 4 Tuesday night, 2-1, in 13 innings on Cody Bellinger’s RBI single.

Yasiel Puig added an RBI single later in the sixth inning for an insurance run, and the Dodgers added two more in the bottom of the seventh to pad the lead.

Not that those last runs meanth anything. The Milwaukee bats were completely silenced by Kershaw and two Dodgers relievers after Lorenzo Cain’s RBI double plated Milwaukee’s only run in the third inning.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell pulled some gamesmanship by starting Wade Miley, then pulling him after one batter. Brandon Woodruff entered and threw four shutout innings. He allowed an unearned run in the fifth to tie the game, and the Dodgers took the lead for good on Muncy’s and Puig’s hits in the sixth.

Meanwhile, Kershaw controlled the game over the middle innings. After a walk to Ryan Braun loaded the bases with two outs in the third, Kershaw retired the last 13 batters he faced.

Reliever Pedro Baez pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, and Jay Ferguson and Ryan Madson pitched the ninth. Madson gave up a two-out double to Jesus Aguilar to snap a streak of 18 straight Brewers retired, then allowed an RBI double to Curtis Granderson.

That meant Kenley Jansen had to come on after throwing two innings Tuesday night, but he struck out Mike Moustakas to end it.

Game 6 is set for Friday night at Miller Park. Wade Miley, who started Wednesday and walked the only batter he faced, will start for the Brewers. If the Brewers win Game 6, Game 7 will be Saturday at Miller Park.

The Brewers are attempting to get back to the World Series for the first time since 1982. The Dodgers are one win away from a second straight NL pennant.

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