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Dodgers blank Cubs in MLB playoffs

The LA Dodgers have beaten the Chicago Cubs to tie up their NL Championship Series.
Dodgers blank Cubs in MLB playoffs
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Clayton Kershaw pitched seven sparkling innings and Adrian Gonzalez homered to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs to tie baseball's NL Championship Series at a game apiece.

Kershaw retired his first 14 batters and allowed just two hits in first outing since he pitched three times in the NL Division Series, including a two-out save in game five on Thursday night in Washington.

He struck out six and walked one in the best playoff start of his illustrious career in the best-of-seven Major League Baseball series.

The Dodgers needed a clutch pitching performance after their heartbreaking 8-4 loss in the series opener, and their ace left-hander stepped up.

Kenley Jansen then got six outs for his third save of the playoffs.

Game three is Tuesday night in Los Angeles, with Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta facing Dodgers lefty Rich Hill.

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