Justin Turner's big night fuels Dodgers to 1-0 series lead

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Los Angeles would jump out to an early lead and never look back with Turner's three-run homer to left center field off of Diamondback starter Taijuan Walker in the first. His RBI single in the fourth frame put his club ahead 6-1 and he drove in yet another run with a single in the eighth.

"Yeah, he gave up four solo homers, but who cares?" asked Turner, batting.397 with 17 RBIs in his last 17 postseason games. He had a.322/.415/.530 slash line with 21 homers and 71 RBI despite missing a month's worth of games this year. "When you have a lead like that, it's about attacking guys".

The D-backs offense is also clicking on all cylinders after putting up 11 runs during Wednesday's Wild Card game, but they have to face Clayton Kershaw in game one.

Ray was supposed to start this series opener, but was pressed into relief against the Rockies when ace Zack Greinke faltered - and Walker couldn't come through in his place. But since 2008 the Dodgers have made the playoffs seven times in 10 seasons, including this year.

In search of their first title since 1988, the Dodgers entered the postseason as rickety as a 104-win team could possibly be. "But we've still got a long way to go". Or maybe those four home run balls were just a matter of round spheres striking round bats at just the right angle, through no fault of the man who threw them. I say "quietly" because there was no three-run home run involved, and definitely no tongues involved.

"He's the glue to this club" said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts on Turner's game one performance.

The Diamondbacks came out swinging to start the game. "They were sitting on the fastball most of the time".

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I'm off to a good start in the playoffs thus far, having backed the winning team in Game 1 of both American League contests. It the first home postseason win of his career.

"In our clubhouse, we do have a lot of confidence going into LA", Lamb said.

Selfishly, he had to enjoy seeing Ray enter the game, right?

"I thought there was a bat in front of him", Justin Turner joked about Puig's later body language. "Just sometimes you shake your head".

Turner finished the game with five RBI, tying a Dodgers postseason record shared by Pedro Guerrero and Davey Lopes.

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