FINAL SCORE: Los Angeles Dodgers 4 – 3 Washington Nationals

Although Clayton Kershaw didn’t exude his usual excellence Friday, the Dodgers still seized Game 1 of the National League Division Series road matchup against the Nationals.

Kershaw carefully navigated his way through five innings. He allowed three runs, but the Dodgers tagged Nationals ace Max Scherzer for four behind early home runs from Corey Seager and Justin Turner.

It wasn’t the pitcher’s duel promised, but both bullpens kept the score low. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen shut the door with a five-out save to give Los Angeles the 1-0 series lead.

Washington will look to even the score on Saturday afternoon behind Tanner Roark, who will face Dodgers southpaw Rich Hill at Nationals Park.


Notable Stats

W: Clayton Kershaw (5 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K)

L: Max Sherzer (6 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 HR)

SV: Kenley Jansen (1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K)

HR: Corey Seager (1st inning off Scherzer), Justin Turner (3rd inning off Scherzer)

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