Pedro Baez makes the cut as Dodgers, Diamondbacks set rosters for NLDS

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Clayton Kershaw became the first pitcher to allow four home runs in a postseason game and be credited with the victory.

Ray was supposed to start this series opener, but was pressed into relief against the Rockies when ace Zack Greinke faltered - and Walker couldn't come through in his place. Rich Hill takes the mound for the Dodgers, squaring off against Robbie Ray of the D-backs.

The wolves jumped on Walker and the game was all but over in the first inning, but the Diamondbacks did not try to force Ray to go on short rest even though he only threw 30-some odd pitches in the NL wild-card game. J.D. Martinez homered in the sixth after Paul Goldschmidt grounded into a double play. The game has a scheduled start time of 10.30 p.m. ET, and takes place from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

In search of their first title since 1988, the Dodgers entered the postseason as rickety as a 104-win team could possibly be.

Ray remains a possibility for Game 2. The four home runs made Kershaw the first Dodger ever to allow four home runs in a postseason game.

Ray had a breakout season in 2017, going 15-5 with a 2.89 earned-run average in 28 starts. "I know certain things you may have seen throughout the course of the year would give you the feeling that it wasn't a great relationship", Lovullo said, "but believe it or not, it's a strong, kind of pushing forward type of relationship".

Kershaw struck out seven, walked three and allowed five hits in 6 1/3 innings. That game will be out of Dodgers Stadium.

"He's called the Wild Horse for a reason", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. During that stretch, he boasts a 3.48 ERA and 1.22 WHIP, which are obviously very un-Kershaw like numbers but are still solid for normal humans.

And in the seventh, Arizona continued to rake, getting back-to-back bombs from Ketel Marte and Jeff Mathis off of Kershaw-bringing the D-Backs to within three. Chris Taylor singled and Corey Sager walked before Turner's home run.

"He gave up four solo homers but who cares", Turner said. Then Justin Turner would drive in his fifth run of the night with a single to right-giving the Dodgers a 9-4 lead.

"We wanted to put the pitcher's back against the wall", Turner said, whose five RBIs in this game tied a Brooklyn-Los Angeles franchise mark for most RBIs in one post-season contest.

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