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LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw left with a lead in the seventh inning and the bases loaded. Air Max Plus For Sale Cheap . After the bullpen faltered, veterans Chase Utley and Andre Ethier rescued the Dodgers.Utley singled home the tiebreaking run with two outs in the eighth, and Los Angeles avoided elimination Tuesday with a 6-5 victory over the Washington Nationals that forced a deciding Game 5 in their NL playoff.Kenley Jansen worked the ninth for a save, one day after giving up four late runs during Los Angeles loss in Game 3.I got out there and focused and fought, he said.Game 5 is Thursday in Washington, with 20-game winner Max Scherzer set to pitch for the Nationals.Man, this is going to be a heck of a ballgame, Scherzer said. The effort from both sides over the first four games has been incredible. Great pitching, great hitting, defense, everything.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he will use left-hander Rich Hill and rookie Julio Urias, but did not announce which one will start.If anyone gives up on this team, they havent seen us play a whole lot this year, Roberts said, and it starts with what Clayton did -- short rest and leaving it all out there. Everyone fed off that.After failing to close out the Dodgers on the road, Washington will get one more chance Thursday to win a playoff series for the first time since the franchise relocated from Montreal. NL East champions in three of the past five years, the Nationals were unable to advance during their two previous trips to the postseason.Thats why we fought so hard for the home-field advantage, manager Dusty Baker said. This year, its coming to fruition.Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer for the Dodgers, who turned to Kershaw on three days rest to salvage their season.The score was tied 5-all with two outs in the eighth when Andrew Toles got hit by a pitch from loser Blake Treinen. Ethier followed with a single to left and Utley singled to right, scoring Toles from second for a 6-5 lead.Trailing 5-2 in the seventh, the Nats had runners on first and second against Kershaw with two outs. The crowd chanted Kershaws name as he and Bryce Harper battled through eight pitches before Harper drew a walk.Man, thats what baseball is all about right there: a matter of will, Baker said. Kershaw was on empty. We knew it. They knew it. Everybody knew it.Harpers walk loaded the bases and chased Kershaw, who walked off with his head down. He sat alone in the dugout with his head resting on his right hand.Kershaw was outstanding, Baker said. Thats one of the best performances Ive seen, especially on three days rest.But the Dodgers bullpen nearly gave the game away.Pedro Baez came in and hit Jayson Werth with his only pitch, forcing in a run to make it 5-3. Baez got booed off the field.Daniel Murphys single off Luis Avilan dropped between Toles and Joc Pederson in left-center field, scoring two runs to tie it at 5. Avilan also heard boos.Joe Blanton, who earned the win, retired Anthony Rendon on a swinging strikeout to end the inning.Our bullpen has been unbelievable, Kershaw said. Joe did what Joes been doing all season. Hes been through a lot in his career but he came in and shut them down.Desperate to avoid another early playoff exit, the Dodgers went with Kershaw, their three-time Cy Young Award winner who won Game 1 last Friday despite going just five innings and allowing three runs.This time, he was charged with five runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out 11 -- equaling his second-best postseason total -- and walked two.The left-hander was limited to 149 innings while compiling a 1.69 ERA during the regular season. He missed 2 1/2 months with a mildly herniated disk in his back.Kershaw opened the game by giving up a leadoff single and a walk before Murphys RBI single.The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning on Gonzalezs two-run shot that scored Justin Turner, who was hit by a pitch from Joe Ross.Werths RBI single tied it 2-all in the third.Los Angeles again answered in the bottom of the inning, with Kershaw getting the rally going with a double to left field. He slid into second and clenched his fists in a rare show of emotion.Kershaw scored on Turners single with two outs. Pederson got hit by a pitch from Ross with the bases loaded, forcing in TurnerRoss made his postseason debut for the Nationals, giving up four runs and three hits in 2 2/3 innings, equaling the shortest playoff start in the history of the Montreal-Washington franchise. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out three and walked two. He hasnt pitched more than four innings since coming off the disabled list on Sept. 18.LOOK OUT!Five players were hit by pitches, including four Dodgers, which set a single-game franchise playoff record. Of the quartet, two ended up scoring. Werth was the lone Nationals player to get hit.There have been 11 hit batters in the series, a postseason record.No one on either side is trying to hit anybody with everything on the line right now, Scherzer said. Thats just baseball being played at its highest.TRAINERS ROOMNationals RHP Stephen Strasburg experienced discomfort in his right elbow during a bullpen session Monday at Dodger Stadium. He threw 30 or 31 pitches instead of the scheduled 35. Strasburg has been out since tearing the pronator tendon in his elbow on Sept. 7.Baker said Strasburg was throwing the ball very good and hes not concerned about the pitchers progress. Strasburg has said he would try to return this season if the Nationals advance to the NLCS.SHORT RESTKershaw started a game on three days rest for the fourth consecutive postseason.CANT CLOSE `EM OUTBaker has lost eight consecutive postseason games when his team would have advanced with a victory. Thats the longest such streak in major league history, according to ESPN Stats & Info.ELIMINATION GAMESThe Dodgers improved to 12-15 in postseason elimination games since moving to Los Angeles. Air Max Plus Cheap . The 27-year-old Scrivens will be joining his third NHL club since signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent in 2010. The move also reunites with him with head coach Dallas Eakins from their time together with the American Hockey Leagues Toronto Marlies. Cheap Air Max Plus China . McCarthy, a player who played some games in the second tier for Wigan at the start of this season, would go on to shine inside Evertons midfield, outplaying the man he was brought in to replace, on one of the grandest stages in English football. On Saturday, it was fitting that Manchester Uniteds most recent dagger into the chest was delivered by Frenchman Yohan Cabaye, a wonderfully gifted central midfielder who put on an outstanding effort for Newcastle at Old Trafford. . Haas said he "felt a lot of pain" in his right shoulder when he slammed his racket to the ground in frustration after losing his serve at 3-3 in the first set. While Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green may have posted some dismissive tweets to Wednesdays news that the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, reaction seemed to be generally positive from NBA players.Thats amazing, great, Chris Paul, the president of the players association, told reporters Wednesday. I was on the phone with [NBPA executive director Michele Roberts] today. Im excited. Im happy for the league. Im happy for our fans, owners, everyone whos involved. Its a great thing.I think everyone negotiated in good faith. The conversations were great. Everything was cordial. Everyone knows how well the game is going, and nobody wanted to mess that up. My hat goes off to Adam [Silver] and his team, and same thing on our side.Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, who is the teams player representative, greeted the news positively.Thats good. Better than last time, he said. They did a good job communicating and were able to come to an agreement tentatively. Thats a great start for both parties.For The Beard, theres no fear of being sidelined by any work stoppage.Its great for the league and the players and the owners and everybody to come to an agreement and hopefully not be a lockout, said Houston Rockets star James Harden, and we can play basketball and give these fans some exciting basketball, and everybody is happy.Yippee! said Brooklyn Nets forward Trevor Booker, the teams players association representative. I am just glad that we could come to an agreement. I am going to look over the deal and make sure everything is fine for my crew.I wasnt worried at all, Booker added of any potential snags or a lockout. I have been through a lockout before and it is no fun, bbut I wasnt worried this time. Wholesale Air Max Plus. Michele, she has done a great job since she has been in office.Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson happily greeted the news.Thats dope, man, Clarkson said. They did a really good job working with the players association. Its good for us, good for everybody, good for the fans. Theres going to be no [work] shortage, so its good.Said Lakers forward Julius Randle: Ive never experienced a lockout. We have veterans in here that have experienced lockouts, and Ive heard its not fun, especially when you come back and youve got to play three in a row, back to back to back or whatever. Now we can go into the summer with a clear conscious and work out and have a regular start.Nets center Brook Lopez reflected back to a previous lockout.I have missed plenty of time for injury and then we were locked out for a little bit. I cherish my time on the basketball court, Lopez said. As long as it is a good deal, fair to both sides, fair to the players, I am down with it. I love being on the court.San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich declined comment, as did Lakers coach Luke Walton. Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he had no reaction until the deal is completed.I think its a great thing, said Rockets swingman Trevor Ariza, the Rockets players association representative. Our business is doing great and it can only do better. The good thing is we came to an agreement and theres no work stoppage or anything like that, and we just keep going and keep our business growing.?ESPNs Calvin Watkins, Chris Forsberg, Michael Wright, Tim MacMahon, Ohm Youngmisuk and The Undefeateds Marc Spears contributed to this report. ' ' '
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