The Dodgers overpowered the Nationals on the mound and at the plate, extending the dominance that led to a franchise-record 106 victories in the regular season right on into the playoffs.
Walker Buehler allowed one hit over six innings, Max Muncy drove in three runs and the Dodgers capitalized on the Nationals mistakes, beating them 6-0 in Game 1 of their NL Division Series on Thursday night. Buehler struck out eight, walked three and retired his final seven batters after earning the start over veterans Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu, whose 2.32 ERA was lowest in the majors this season. Dodgers rookie Gavin Lux and Joc Pederson slugged pinch-hit solo homers in the eighth inning. The Dodgers won their eighth game in a row dating to the regular season, while the Nationals broke their nine-game winning streak, which included their wild-card victory against the Brewers earlier this week.
Game 2 of the NLDS starts tonight at 6:30 PM with Clayton Kershaw as the starting pitcher for the Dodgers and Stephen Strasburg for the Nationals.
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With files from the Associated Press.
Bill Plunkett, Dodgers and Angels reporter for The Orange County Register