Dodgers Take Care of Business, Complete Sweep

Dodgers lineup overcome starting pitching stumbles for 2-0 NLDS lead over Diamondbacks

Ex-Dodger Greinke stands in way of LA sweep of Arizona

Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker may have had his life flash in front of his eyes during Game 3 of a National League Divisional Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday.

It turned out that the cushion came in handy, thanks to a three-run pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning by Arizona's Brandon Drury that silenced - at least momentarily - a blue towel-waving sellout crowd. "And to come here and sweep them, beat them on their home turf is hard to do and pretty special".

By the numbers, Darvish didn't have a great season, going 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA (118 ERA+) and 3.83 FIP in 186 2/3 innings split between the Rangers and Dodgers, who acquired him in a July 31 deadline blockbuster.

The offense for the Diamondbacks was stymied by Dodgers' starter Yu Darvish and their bullpen.

NOTES: Both the Dodgers and Diamondbacks altered their lineups from Game 1 on Friday. Only four batters reached base all night for the Diamondbacks, including Daniel Descalso's homer.

"It was about finishing them off", Darvish said, "because momentum can go their way".

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In Chicago, reliever Koji Uehara declared himself fit to pitch in the postseason after rejoining the Chicago Cubs for practice ahead of Monday's Game 3 of their National League Divisional Series playoff against the Washington Nationals. It is the third NLCS trip in the last five years for Los Angeles.

After Cameron Maybin entered as a pinch runner for Gattis, George Springer drew a walk off Kimbrel before Reddick's big hit. They come out with a chip on their shoulder, and they want to get the job done. "They expect us to be here and we expect us to be here, too".

Through his first two postseason games, Cody Bellinger had shown very little of the form that produced an NL rookie record 39 homers and a.267/.352/.581 line. The rookie first baseman fell into the Dodgers dugout as he snagged Jeff Mathis' popup, almost dropping into the lap of manager Dave Roberts.

"I wasn't able to contribute much in last year's postseason, but this year I have, so I'm extremely happy", Maeda said.

"I think with the wild-card game, it kind of threw things out of whack a little bit, but that's the format", said reliever Archie Bradley, who struck out Jansen in a rare at-bat for the Dodgers closer.

Home wasn't so sweet for Greinke this October.

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Arizona took a 2-0 first-inning lead against Hill.

The performance by Darvish provided more reason to believe the Dodgers might have the staying power, but his was not the only one. The Dodgers won 104 games this season and took the NL West title for the fifth straight year, and in two of those seasons, including this one, the Diamondbacks were runners-up.

Austin Barnes started over Yasmani Grandal even though Grandal caught Zack Greinke when he was a Dodger - Barnes rewarded Roberts with a homer in the 6th.

Rizzo dropped a bloop single into shallow center field off Oliver Perez to score pinch-runner Leonys Martin, who replaced Tommy La Stella after he led off the eighth inning with a walk.

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