Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 during seven dominant innings, Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the bumbling Atlanta Braves 6-1 in Game 1 of the NL division series Thursday night.
The Dodgers jumped out to a 5-0 lead by the fourth against Kris Medlen, taking advantage of some shoddy Atlanta defense even though the Braves were generously not charged with an error.
Kershaw limited Atlanta to Chris Johnson’s run-scoring single with two outs in the fourth. The Dodgers’ ace allowed three hits and finished in style, striking out the side in the seventh to match his season high for Ks.
Medlen gave up nine hits and five runs in four-plus innings. Game 2 in the best-of-five series is Friday night in Atlanta.
The Boston Red Sox didn’t mind waiting a few days to start their playoffs.
Not after missing them for the past three seasons.
Not after the September collapse that ruined their chances in 2011.
And certainly not after they stumbled to the club’s worst record in 48 years in 2012.
“This was part of the mindset at the end of last year, a strong desire to rewrite what took place,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday.
They’ll try for their first in the playoffs today against the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of the best-of-five AL division series.