Bellinger, Dodgers beat D-backs 3-1 to return to NLCS

PHOENIX (AP) Led by a big Japanese right-hander and a rookie from just down the road, the Los Angeles Dodgers are headed back to the NL Championship Series.

Cody Bellinger homered, drove in two runs and flipped over a dugout railing to steal an out for a dominant Yu Darvish, helping the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 Monday night to finish a three-game sweep in their NL Division Series.

''We have a great team,'' said Bellinger, a rookie from nearby Chandler, Arizona. ''And to come here and sweep them, beat them on their home turf is hard to do and pretty special.''

Darvish, acquired from Texas in a trade deadline deal, struck out seven over five innings to outpitch Arizona's Zack Greinke and earn the righty his first postseason victory in three tries.

''Yu's one of the best pitchers in the world,'' said Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, who also homered. ''When he's on his game, it's tough for any lineup.''

Four Los Angeles relievers combined to preserve a three-hitter. Kenley Jansen worked around a single by David Peralta for a three-out save, striking out Paul Goldschmidt to end it. Only four batters reached base all night for the Diamondbacks, including Daniel Descalso with a homer.

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

The Dodgers, who won 104 games for the best record in baseball and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, face the winner of the Nationals-Cubs series in the NLCS. Los Angeles fell there to World Series champion Chicago last year.

The Dodgers confined most of their celebration to the clubhouse, never making a move for the pool beyond the outfield wall. Los Angeles distressed the locals by taking a dip there after clinching the NL West in 2013, but for this party, police officers on horses waited at the warning track to keep the Dodgers away.

That was fine by the Dodgers. This wasn't the bash they're after, anyway.

''Being around this team for long enough, this is where we expect to be,'' ace Clayton Kershaw said. ''We are fortunate enough to be in a big market, have a big payroll, have a lot of good players, a lot of talent. They did a great job of putting this team together. They expect us to be here and we expect us to be here, too.''

Bellinger hit his homer in the fifth, then made a daring catch to end the bottom of the inning. The rookie first baseman fell into the Dodgers dugout as he snagged Jeff Mathis' popup, nearly dropping into the lap of manager Dave Roberts.

''I should have been a little quicker to save him,'' Roberts said, ''but that was a heck of a play.''

The 22-year-old Bellinger is the youngest Dodger ever to homer in the postseason - he's 75 days younger than Corey Seager was when he set the mark last fall. 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.

Bellinger, who may follow Seager as NL Rookie of the Year, also brought home Chris Taylor with a groundout in the first inning. Barnes chased Greinke with a leadoff homer in the sixth.

After Ketel Marte's first-inning bunt single, Darvish sent down 13 in a row before Descalso hit his second homer of the series. The two-out shot barely cleared the right-field fence over Yasiel Puig's glove to cut the lead to 2-1.

The Dodgers tinkered with Darvish's mechanics after the trade, and he was masterful through most of the night, mixing a 98 mph fastball with his deep repertoire of offspeed pitches. He allowed two hits and didn't walk any over 74 pitches.

''Yu really stepped up,'' Roberts said. ''He was in command from the first pitch.''

Darvish left after hitting pinch-hitter Christian Walker in the bill of his helmet to begin the sixth.

Greinke - the ex-Dodger signed to a $206.5 million, six-year contract by Arizona before the 2016 season - gave up three runs and four hits in five-plus innings. He struggled with his command, walking a season-high five and throwing 103 pitches through five innings. Greinke faced 3-2 counts against five of his first eight batters and was at 54 pitches through two innings.

''They're ready to hit, which is tough, but they're not chasing the pitch you want them to chase,'' Greinke said. ''That's kind of what they do best. They did that the whole series.''

Arizona won its last six regular-season games against the Dodgers, but Los Angeles dominated its NL West rival when it mattered most, sweeping an opponent in the postseason for the first time since the 2009 NLDS against St. Louis.

It was a tough ending to a big turnaround season for the Diamondbacks, who went from 69-93 in 2016 to 93-69 this year.

''I want to remember how I feel,'' first-year manager Torey Lovullo said, ''because I think it will motivate me, and the pain and frustration that we're all experiencing right now.''

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: Open next season at home against Colorado on March 29.

Dodgers: Face either the Washington Nationals or Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series.

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  • W: Y. Darvish (1-0)L: Z. Greinke (0-1)S: K. Jansen (2)
  • HR: LAD - A. Barnes (1), C. Bellinger (1), ARI - D. Descalso (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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Y. Puig RF20000211.455.538.7271.2661.5
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b- L. Forsythe 2B10000000.444.500.444.9440.0
  • a-doubled for Granderson in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Morrow in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Peralta LF40100011.222.263.222.4850.5
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P. Goldschmidt 1B40000022.188.235.563.798-1.0
J. Martinez RF30000011.267.313.467.779-0.5
J. Lamb 3B30000020.462.462.462.923-1.0
A. Pollock CF30000010.214.313.643.955-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Mathis in the 8th
  • b-hit by pitch for Hernandez in the 6th
  • c-struck out for Chafin in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Taylor, E. Hernandez
  • HR - C. Bellinger, A. Barnes
  • SH - Y. Darvish
  • RBI - C. Bellinger 2 (2), A. Barnes (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Bellinger
BATTING
  • HR - D. Descalso
  • RBI - D. Descalso
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Descalso
FIELDING
  • DP - C. Seager, C. Bellinger
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - D. Peralta
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Y. Darvish (W, 1-0)5.02110711.800.4022.5
T. Cingrani (H, 1)0.20000000.000.000.0
B. Morrow (H, 2)1.10000002.450.553.0
K. Maeda (H, 1)1.00000200.000.004.0
K. Jansen (S, 2)1.01000200.000.8210.0
PITCHERSIP
Y. Darvish (W, 1-0)5.0
T. Cingrani (H, 1)0.2
B. Morrow (H, 2)1.1
K. Maeda (H, 1)1.0
K. Jansen (S, 2)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Greinke (L, 0-1)5.04335427.271.850.0
J. De La Rosa0.11000000.001.71-1.0
D. Hernandez0.20000100.000.600.5
A. Bradley2.21002103.001.503.5
A. Chafin0.110000013.503.00-1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - Y. Darvish
  • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Darvish 74-52, T. Cingrani 2-1, B. Morrow 10-6, K. Maeda 12-7, K. Jansen 16-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Darvish 5-3, T. Cingrani 1-0, B. Morrow 3-1, K. Maeda 1-0, K. Jansen 1-0
  • Batters Faced - Y. Darvish 18, T. Cingrani, B. Morrow 4, K. Maeda 3, K. Jansen 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 105-62, J. De La Rosa 6-4, D. Hernandez 11-6, A. Bradley 48-26, A. Chafin 5-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 3-8, J. De La Rosa 1-0, D. Hernandez 1-0, A. Bradley 5-2
  • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 24, J. De La Rosa 2, D. Hernandez 2, A. Bradley 11, A. Chafin
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Seager SS30000200.273.467.455.9212.0
J. Turner 3B50200012.462.533.6921.2261.5
C. Bellinger 1B41221103.214.267.429.6959.0
Y. Puig RF20000211.455.538.7271.2661.5
A. Barnes C41111015.500.5561.0001.5565.5
C. Granderson LF20000010.125.125.125.250-0.5
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  • a-doubled for Granderson in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Morrow in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Peralta LF40100011.222.263.222.4850.5
K. Marte SS40100011.412.412.8241.2350.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B40000022.188.235.563.798-1.0
J. Martinez RF30000011.267.313.467.779-0.5
J. Lamb 3B30000020.462.462.462.923-1.0
A. Pollock CF30000010.214.313.643.955-0.5
D. Descalso 2B31111010.333.5381.1111.6505.5
J. Mathis C20000000.222.300.556.8560.0
a- C. Iannetta C10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
Z. Greinke P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Mathis in the 8th
  • b-hit by pitch for Hernandez in the 6th
  • c-struck out for Chafin in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Taylor, E. Hernandez
  • HR - C. Bellinger, A. Barnes
  • SH - Y. Darvish
  • RBI - C. Bellinger 2 (2), A. Barnes (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Bellinger
BATTING
  • HR - D. Descalso
  • RBI - D. Descalso
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Descalso
FIELDING
  • DP - C. Seager, C. Bellinger
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - D. Peralta
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Y. Darvish (W, 1-0)5.02110711.800.4022.5
T. Cingrani (H, 1)0.20000000.000.000.0
B. Morrow (H, 2)1.10000002.450.553.0
K. Maeda (H, 1)1.00000200.000.004.0
K. Jansen (S, 2)1.01000200.000.8210.0
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PITCHERSIP
Y. Darvish (W, 1-0)5.0
T. Cingrani (H, 1)0.2
B. Morrow (H, 2)1.1
K. Maeda (H, 1)1.0
K. Jansen (S, 2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Greinke (L, 0-1)5.04335427.271.850.0
J. De La Rosa0.11000000.001.71-1.0
D. Hernandez0.20000100.000.600.5
A. Bradley2.21002103.001.503.5
A. Chafin0.110000013.503.00-1.0
Total9.0733762---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Greinke (L, 0-1)5.0
J. De La Rosa0.1
D. Hernandez0.2
A. Bradley2.2
A. Chafin0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - Y. Darvish
  • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Darvish 74-52, T. Cingrani 2-1, B. Morrow 10-6, K. Maeda 12-7, K. Jansen 16-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Darvish 5-3, T. Cingrani 1-0, B. Morrow 3-1, K. Maeda 1-0, K. Jansen 1-0
  • Batters Faced - Y. Darvish 18, T. Cingrani, B. Morrow 4, K. Maeda 3, K. Jansen 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 105-62, J. De La Rosa 6-4, D. Hernandez 11-6, A. Bradley 48-26, A. Chafin 5-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 3-8, J. De La Rosa 1-0, D. Hernandez 1-0, A. Bradley 5-2
  • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 24, J. De La Rosa 2, D. Hernandez 2, A. Bradley 11, A. Chafin
  • 6TH INNING
    Barnes homered to left31
  • 5TH INNING
    Descalso homered to right center21
    Bellinger homered to left center20
  • 1ST INNING
    Bellinger grounded out to first, Taylor scored, Seager to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • A. Bradley Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Taylor flied out to center
    • C. Seager: Strike looking, Seager lined out to right
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner singled to center
    • Andrew Chafin relieved Archie Bradley
    • C. Bellinger: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bellinger singled to left, Turner out at home
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kenley Jansen relieved Kenta Maeda
    • Gregor Blanco hit for Andrew Chafin
    • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Blanco struck out swinging
    • D. Peralta: Peralta singled to left
    • K. Marte: Ball, Strike looking, Marte grounded out to pitcher, Peralta to second
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • A. Bradley Pitching:
    • E. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Utley: Utley grounded out to second
    • Logan Forsythe hit for Brandon Morrow
    • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Forsythe grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kenta Maeda pitching
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pollock struck out swinging
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Descalso grounded out to third
    • Chris Iannetta hit for Jeff Mathis
    • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Iannetta struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Archie Bradley pitching
    • C. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Seager grounded out to second
    • J. Turner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Turner grounded out to third
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bellinger walked
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Puig walked, Bellinger to second
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Barnes struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Morrow Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Goldschmidt lined out to right
    • J. Martinez: Martinez grounded out to third
    • J. Lamb: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lamb grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Barnes homered to left
    • Jorge De La Rosa relieved Zack Greinke
    • Enrique Hernandez hit for Curtis Granderson
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez doubled to deep right center
    • C. Utley: Ball, Strike looking, Utley grounded out to second, Hernandez to third
    • David Hernandez relieved Jorge De La Rosa
    • Y. Darvish: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Darvish grounded out to third
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Taylor struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Christian Walker hit for David Hernandez
    • C. Walker: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Walker hit by pitch
    • Tony Cingrani relieved Yu Darvish
    • D. Peralta: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Peralta grounded into double play shortstop to first, Walker out at second
    • Brandon Morrow relieved Tony Cingrani
    • K. Marte: Ball, Ball, Marte grounded out to first
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • C. Seager: Seager flied out to deep left
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Turner struck out looking
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bellinger homered to left center
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • J. Lamb: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Lamb struck out swinging
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Foul, Ball, Pollock grounded out to third
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Descalso homered to right center
    • J. Mathis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Mathis fouled out to first
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
    • C. Utley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Utley walked
    • Y. Darvish: Ball, Darvish hit sacrifice bunt to first, Utley to second
    • C. Taylor: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Taylor flied out to right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Marte struck out looking
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Taylor fouled out to first
    • C. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Seager walked
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Turner singled to center, Seager to third
    • C. Bellinger: Bellinger flied out to left
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Puig walked, Turner to second
    • A. Barnes: Barnes grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Mathis grounded out to first
    • Z. Greinke: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Greinke grounded out to third
    • D. Peralta: Peralta grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Barnes flied out to deep center
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Granderson flied out to deep left
    • C. Utley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Utley walked
    • Y. Darvish: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Darvish struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • J. Lamb: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lamb struck out swinging
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Pollock popped out to shortstop
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike looking, Descalso struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Taylor doubled to deep left
    • C. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Seager walked
    • J. Turner: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Turner lined out to center, Taylor to third
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Bellinger grounded out to first, Taylor scored, Seager to second
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Puig lined out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul tip, Peralta struck out on foul tip
    • K. Marte: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Marte reached on bunt single to second
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Goldschmidt flied out to center
    • J. Martinez: Martinez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Marte out at second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)