Machado's bunt single was followed by a two-run home run by Cody Bellinger that reversed a one-run deficit, bestowing the Dodgers with a lead they never relinquished in an eventual 5-1 victory.
Heading into Game 7 of the National League Championship Series, conventional wisdom held that the Los Angeles Dodgers needed to be the team that scored first. Los Angeles' slugging percentage was third in the league (.442), and its overall 3.38 team ERA was best in the NL and second in MLB.
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They haven't won a World Series since the Kirk Gibson days of 1988, but they have another chance.
Christian Yelich had almost tied it in the fifth, but left fielder Chris Taylor's sliding catch on the warning track robbed Yelich, with Lorenzo Cain on second base.
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Los Angeles was looking for its second straight NL pennant and some time to prepare for the mighty Boston Red Sox in the World Series.
The Dodgers split the opening two games in Milwaukee during the NLCS, and fell behind 2-1 after being shut out at home in Game 3.
A big lead, a bruising bullpen and a boisterous crowd had the Milwaukee Brewers all set up for Game 7. The second-oldest venue, Chicago´s Wrigley Field, hosted the World Series in 2016 when the Cubs won their first title since 1908.
The Dodgers pulled a run back in the fifth inning when Freese's double allowed pinch hitter Brian Dozier to score to make it 5-2.
The Dodgers failed to muster much else during the rest of the game, and Knebel's relief stint proved to be huge in helping the Brewers get to a Game 7.
Jesus Aguilar, Mike Moustakas and Erik Kratz all drove in first innings runs as the Dodgers' South Korean pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin turned in his worst performance of the 2018 season at just the wrong time. I don't know. We're all going to come in ready to go next year. He struck out four of the 10 batters he faced. "We just come back next year, get better and see where it takes us".
"It's such a great season for the Red Sox [with] 108 wins".