The five-game series will continue Saturday at 6 p.m. with Game 2 at Dodger Stadium.
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. For a pitcher who allowed a career-high 23 home runs this season, the same number he gave up in the last two seasons combined, the question for Kershaw-the question he will likely be asked for the remainder of his Hall of Fame career-is, How's the back?
Zack Greinke is slated to pitch in Game 3, Arizona could use a win in Game 2 to shake up the Dodgers and set up Greinke for a big win in Game 3.
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. 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. Last time he faced them was September 4, when he took a flawless game into the sixth inning and ended with the following line: 7.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 14 K.
"We gave them a run for their money there towards the middle, end of the game", Martinez said.
In the first inning, the Dodgers wasted no time, a leadoff single by Chris Taylor and a walk to Corey Seager brought Turner up and he blasted a three-run home run into the left field seats.
Ray remains a possibility for Game 2. There was awesome baserunning by Cody Bellinger, Taylor, Turner, and then that insane tongue-wagging triple in the bottom of 7 by Yasiel Puig.
"No regrets, whatsoever", Lovullo said.
"They hit a couple of mistakes and unfortunately [Walker] never got grounded", Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.
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. As run after run came off the bats against Kershaw, it seemed like they would add one more such win.