The Los Angeles Dodgers relied on home runs from Corey Bellinger and Austin Barnes, as well as pitching from Japan’s Yu Darvish, to beat the Arizona Diamindabcks 3 × 1 and advance to the NL title debate.
The Dodgers, who swept the Series 3-0, now await the winner of the other ‘Old Circuit’ Divisional top between the Washington Nationals and defending champion Chicago Cubs, which favors the latter 2-1.
Darvish (1-0) was the winning pitcher with five good innings, allowing two hits and a solo run, while Kensley Jansen made his second save.
The setback went to Zack Greinke (0-1), punished with four hits and three runs. The star pitcher is a former Dodgers pitcher who signed in 2016 with Arizona for six years and $ 206 million.
Bellinger and Barnes hit home runs, while for the D’Backs Daniel Descalso bounced the ball from the park.
The Californian, who finished with the best record of 104 victories in the regular season, is thus guaranteed a home advantage during the playoffs.
The Dodgers lost last year in the league discussion to the Cubs.
For its part, Arizona had won the last six games against the Dodgers in the regular season, but this time they prevailed when they needed it most. AFP