Dodgers whip Brewers in Game 7 to advance to the World Series


Chris Taylor flashed some leather. Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw pitched a flawless ninth inning to seal the win. Los Angeles is up 3-2 in the NLCS and can secure a World Series appearance against the Red Sox with a win Friday night in Milwaukee.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are now four wins away from being two World Series titles away from tying the Giants' mark this decade.

The Dodgers used a secret relief weapon of their own in the bottom of the ninth, bringing on starter Clayton Kershaw for the final inning to close out the Brewers in three batters.

Riding a three-run home run in the sixth inning by outfielder Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers silenced the raucous home crowd at Miller Park in Milwaukee, which had hoped to see its first World Series return since 1982.

They've talked about having unfinished business after losing Game 7 of the World Series previous year to the Houston Astros. The 24-year-old let in six hits, including Milwaukee's Christian Yelich's first-inning home run.

Chacin only pitched two innings and reliever Josh Hader, who had 12 regular-season saves, pitched three strong innings, giving up just one hit and no runs, to keep the Brewers in the game. The MVP candidate hit a high, hard liner to left that seemed destined to fall in for a double.

Running at full speed to his left, Taylor extended his glove high in the air just as the ball settled into the mitt to end the inning.

Taylor reversed course and ran excitedly back to the dugout, screaming "Let's go!"

Still, the Dodgers failed to notice, and Knebel got away with it.

The Brewers now trail 2-1 in the second following Cody Bellinger's two-RBI blast off of Jhoulys Chacín in the top of the inning.