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He struggled with the long ball again after serving up a career-high 23 homers during the regular season, but still earned his fifth career postseason victory - one shy of the franchise record - in 15 starts.

The Los Angeles Dodgers host the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday night.

"It's something we've been thinking about pretty much the entire time", Lovullo said. "Definitely the intensity of playoff games, there is more riding on each pitch. So we'll keep that as TBA right now". For Games 3 and 4 the series will switch to Arizona on Monday and Tuesday nights.

The Dodgers have never faced a divisional opponent in the postseason since the Wild Card format was introduced in 1995, and snapped a six-game losing streak against the Snakes dating back to August 29.

Despite not being a save situation, the Dodgers went to closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth to put the game away. "You can't have every matchup you want".

He proceeded to give a diplomatic answer. "No one is going to remember in five years if this team won 104 (games) if we don't win the World Series". Taijuan, he's pitched well against us. "So they've got a deep starting staff".

Ray planned to play catch during Thursday's workout - his standard day-after routine - and would report how his arm felt afterward.

In the first inning, the Dodgers wasted no time, a leadoff single by Chris Taylor and a walk to Corey Seager brought Turner up and he blasted a three-run home run into the left field seats.

The Diamondbacks beat the Rockies on Wednesday with a final score of 11-8 and will move on to the NLDS to face the Dodgers. "I know certain things you may have seen throughout the course of the year would give you the feeling that it wasn't a great relationship", Lovullo said, "but believe it or not, it's a strong, kind of pushing forward type of relationship".

For Walker, Friday's start represents a homecoming. Ray, a power-throwing lefty, dominated the Dodgers during the regular season, going 3-0 with a 2.27 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 31⅔ innings. In two starts here this season - his first with the Diamondbacks - Walker allowed only two runs in 11 innings.

Christian Walker batted.309 with 32 homers for Triple-A Reno, but has only 39 career at-bats in the big leagues. At that point, his pitch count was at 92, but he had uncharacteristically walked three batters, and recorded just one other strikeout during his second and third times through the order. They accepted beating Kershaw was going to be tough and made a decision to live to fight another day. Turner hit a three-run shot and Yasiel Puig added an RBI double before the Dodgers made their first out against Arizona starter Taijuan Walker.

"That's about it", he said.

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