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NLDS Game 1 Recap: Murphy Connects For Home Run, Kershaw Hits Snag In 7th



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Cuddyer had more trouble out in left field in the bottom of the third, gifting the Dodgers another double. This time it was of the ground-rule variety for Seager. Gonzalez was unable to cash in, striking out a second time in the game to end the inning.

Murphy provided a momentary break in the pitchers’ duel by crushing a solo home run to the back of the Mets’ bullpen to give New York a 1-0 lead. Kershaw proceded to retire the next three batters faced, including two by strikeout.

Singles from Turner and Ellis put two on with one in the bottom of the fourth. Pederson’s popped up on the first pitch, and Kershaw battled back from being down 0-2 to work a full count. He put a charge into one, but it was caught by Yoenis Cespedes on the warning track in left-center field.

Granderson managed a two-out single in the fifth, though noting came of it for the Mets as Kershaw struck out the side. deGrom breezed through the bottom of the fifth, striking out two batters in the process. Both pitchers quickly retired the side in order in the sixth.

Duda drew a lead off walk in the seventh, and moved into scoring position on Cuddyer’s slow grounder to third. After Kershaw walked Tejada, deGrom advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt. Kershaw’s 113th pitch walked Granderson to load the bases, and he was replaced by Pedro Baez.

Facing Wright for the first time in his career, Baez allowed a two-run base hit on a full-count pitch. The Mets carried a 3-0 lead to the bottom of the seventh, which deGrom protected by retiring the side in order.

Joel Peralta replaced Baez in the eighth and tossed a 1-2-3 inning. Kendrick lined a one-out double to the left-center field gap off Mets reliever Tyler Clippard, then scored on Gonzalez’s RBI single. Jeurys Familia entered and induced Turner into a soft lineout to end the inning.

Chris Hatcher retired the side in order in the ninth, but the Dodgers couldn’t complete a comeback and lost Game 1 of the NLDS to the Mets, 3-1.

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