That decision proved to be controversial and fatal as Austin Barnes delivered a solo home run to left field. Yasiel Puig finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs. He is hitting eighth against right-hander Yu Darvish. The Dodgers got to him for a run in the first inning, and kept putting the pressure on in the early innings as Greinke's pitch count mounted.
Ray gave up four runs on four hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings.
The Diamondbacks' first-year manager, Torey Lovullo, expressed confidence that Greinke, his ace pitcher, would keep the series alive on Monday.
The Dodgers' 1-16 skid from late August into September seemed odd while it was happening.
The D-backs responded with a homer of their own, a solo shot by Daniel Descalso made it a 2-1 game. The 33-year-old is 3-3 with a 3.92 ERA in 10 career postseason outings with two of the wins coming during his six postseason starts for the Dodgers.
The victory set up a decisive Game 5 in Cleveland on Wednesday.
Yes, those were "Let's Go Dodgers" chants that ultimately swept the building as the Dodgers' swam only in champagne. Pinch hitter Kiké Hernández greeted De La Rosa with a double to right-center.
In the bottom of the fifth, Bellinger made this incredible grab in front of the Dodgers dugout to end the inning.
When Arizona reliever David Hernandez came into the game in the sixth inning, the stadium speakers rang with the rap lyrics, "As I walked in the valley of the shadow of death". Hernandez was able to escape the jam by getting Darvish to ground out and striking out Taylor. Following the HBP, Darvish's day was done after 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 Ks. "To have that front-line guy to win a playoff game certainly that's why you acquire a guy like Yu", Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said in a press conference. He was also was tremendously efficient with his slider (27 pitches, 21 strikes, five swings and misses), and his cutter (21 pitches, 15 strikes, four swings and misses); the latter was a pitch the Dodgers encouraged him to emphasize. But moved into a relief role during the postseason, he has shined, and he recorded a third scoreless appearance by retiring the side, setting up Jansen's three-out save. Much like his performance in the Dodgers game two win, Maeda was impressive again. The Cubs beat the Dodgers in six games in the NLCS past year.
Kenley Jansen earned his second save of the series as the closer appeared in all three games for the Dodgers of the NLDS. "You take a step back and look at it from that perspective, as a whole year, and you realize how special a year it was for us".
Then the celebration began, the Dodgers stormed into the clubhouse where the champagne was waiting on ice. He wasn't at his best, but he did give his team a chance to win.
"It was about finishing them off", Darvish said, "because momentum can go their way".
Game 1 of the National League Championship Series will take place on Saturday, October 14 at time to be determined on TBS. Bellinger was just 1 for 12 with five strikeouts in his first postseason before hitting Greinke's 3-1 pitch over the wall in left for a 2-0 lead.