Published: Thu, October 10, 2019
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Dodgers Clayton Kershaw Stands Up to Media After Game 5 Disappointment

Dodgers Clayton Kershaw Stands Up to Media After Game 5 Disappointment

Down 2-1 after losing Game 1 and Game 3, the Nationals rallied back and took the crucial Game 5 in Los Angeles 7-3 on Wednesday night.

Roberts said he would have "no problem" if the blame for the loss falls on him.

"I let guys down in the club house".

Joe Kelly pitched a scoreless ninth inning but was ineffective in his second inning of work.

The Dodgers were six outs away from moving on after Walker Buehler pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball and ace Clayton Kershaw got the last out in the seventh. Max Muncy homered and became the first Dodger ever to hit three home runs in two different postseasons, which he accomplished last postseason as well. "I love his at-bat quality", Roberts said of Beaty.

"I felt good about Clayton and when you got Rendon and Soto". He has been an all-time great regular-season pitcher but has regularly struggled in the playoffs, a trend that continued with him allowing back-to-back home runs to Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto to tie the game in the eighth inning.

Roberts pinch-hit for Maeda in the bottom of the eighth.

To the Nationals' credit, they were also able to get four innings of shutout, near-perfect relief from a combination of non-Strasburg, non-Scherzer arms.

Adam Eaton walked against Kelly leading off the 10th, Rendon doubled on a drive that lodged in the left field wall and Soto was intentionally walked.

Washington Nationals' Howie Kendrick watches his grand slam against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 10th inning in Game 5 of a baseball National League Division Series on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. Sean Dolittle retired the side in order in the 10th to end the game and give the Nationals their first victory in a postseason series.

Save for Game 3, there has only been one lead change in this series - but the outcome of Game 3 still hovers over Game 5. He made an error on a Cody Bellinger ground ball in the third inning Wednesday after committing two errors in Game 1.

But he allowed just one earned run in 11 ⅓ innings (0.79 ERA) over nine outings in the 2018 postseason.

The Dodgers led 3-1 entering the top of the eighth inning.

Strasburg gave up three runs and six hits in six innings, struck out seven and walked one. The only run that Strasburg gave up came in the sixth inning when Matt Beaty singled, Joc Pederson doubled and Justin Turner hit a sacrifice fly. The Dodgers have never reached the World Series in three consecutive seasons.

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