Dodgers complete sweep of Diamondbacks, await Cubs-Nationals victor in NLCS

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Unless, of course, he won't.

Rookie Cody Bellinger homered and drove in two runs, Yu Darvish pitched five strong innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers swept their way into the National League Championship Series with a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 3 of the NL Division Series on Monday at Chase Field.

Today's game has a scheduled start time of 10.08 p.m. ET and takes place from Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.

Darvish made nine starts for Los Angeles, going 4-3 with a 3.44 ERA.

"You look at the three games in the series, and they're all team wins", said manager Dave Roberts, whose club outscored Arizona 20-11. He had not walked more than five in a game since walking seven against the Colorado Rockies on July 3, 2013. The Dodgers would continue threaten over the next three innings but Greinke was able to navigate his way out of danger.

"I must be one of the most playoff-experienced guys without any World Series experience", said Ethier, 35.

Manager Torey Lovullo's family atmosphere clearly made a big difference with the young club. And, remember, Corbin has never been in this position before.

"There are a lot of reasons why we didn't win these games, but I think the bottom line is they're just the better team, " reliever Archie Bradley said. "They came out and beat us".

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The trouble began when Taylor smoked that leadoff double into the leftfield corner on Greinke's sixth pitch.

In Saturday's game, Logan Forsythe helped lead the charge as he was 3-for-5 with a stolen base, three runs and an RBI. But the four-time all-star went more than a month without a win around the same time the entire team went almost three weeks with just one. "I think maybe we've shied away from that a little bit as a staff", Corbin said. "We tried to get something going, but we really couldn't do much off him".

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros clinched their respective Major League Baseball play-off series on Monday. He lost both games. Through four innings he allowed just two hits and no runs.

It was only a few days, but it contained the deep strength shown by the Kings in 2012, when they won 15 of their first 17 Stanley Cup playoff games as they burst into national prominence. Being left-handed, they have some power left-handed batters in their lineup so hopefully I can just keep them in the ballpark.

If you were a Dodger with Arizona ties, you probably had a good night.

That 1-16 stretch the Dodgers endured in late August and September, the one that came out of nowhere when they were 55 games above.500 and ended any talk of them being remembered as one of the greatest teams in history, now looks like an aberration - albeit one that lasted almost three weeks and forced some serious introspection as the playoffs loomed.

"Strike one is very important, and if we can do that, everything else plays off that".