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Cody Bellinger caps big day with home run to beat Brewers 2-1 in 12th

Yasmani Grandal ties game with 9th inning HR, Dodger pitchers strikeout 26 for new NL record, Kershaw records his 2000th strikeout, Jansen goes 2 IP for win

Los Angeles Dodgers v Milwaukee Brewers Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

The Dodgers beat the Brewers 2-1 in 12 innings as the Dodgers got a home run from Yasmani Grandal in the 9th to tie the game and then Cody Bellinger put the Dodgers ahead for good with a solo shot in the 12th.

Bellinger had been named NL Rookie of the Month for May earlier in the day.

Kenley Jansen had not pitched two innings in a regular season game since June 10, 2013, went two innings on Friday. He finished off the Brewers and in doing so, recorded his 39th strikeout without a walk to start the season, which is a Major League record.

For the game, the Dodger pitchers, Kershaw, Pedro Baez, Grant Dayton and Jansen, combined to strikeout 26 Brewers and that total set a National League record for one game and it tied the Major League record. The Dodgers hitters struck out 16 times which is three less than their season high.

Speaking of strikeouts, Clayton Kershaw continued the theme of achievements as he recorded his 2000th strikeout in the second inning. Kershaw was dominant, retiring 20 in a row until Domingo Santana hit a two-out solo home run to provide the first run of the game.

Kershaw pitched seven innings, allowed the one run on two hits, had one walk and struck out 14.

Trailing by a run, it looked the Dodgers lack of offense would doom them. Brewers starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson certainly played a part in the Dodger offensive woes, he matched career highs with his eight-inning, 11 strikeout game. But after he got the one-run lead, the Dodgers mounted their best chance of the game at that point.

Yasiel Puig led off the eighth with an infield single and Brett Eibner followed with a single to left. Manager Dave Roberts had Chris Taylor pinch-hit for Kershaw. Taylor attempted to sacrifice until he had two strikes against him. He hit a ground ball to second but it was bobbled so the Brewers did not turn a double play.

But the Dodgers hopes were dashed when Logan Forsythe hit into a double play to end the threat.

Pedro Baez relieved Kershaw and keeping in the game’s theme, he struck out the side in the eighth.

Corey Knebel relieved Nelson and after striking out Corey Seager, Grandal hit a screaming line drive home run to right to tie the game. The Dodgers would eventually load the bases but Brett Eibner struck out to end the inning.

The teams would trade scoreless innings until the 12th when Bellinger, who was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and an intentional walk, bombed a home run to right, his 12th, to give the Dodgers the lead and ultimately the win.

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The Dodgers will start Rich Hill and the Brewers will counter with right-hander Matt Garza. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. PT.

Friday particulars

Home runs: Domingo Santana (9), Yasmani Grandal (6), Cody Bellinger (12)

WP - Kenley Jansen (3-0): 2 IP, 1 hit, 4 strikeouts

LP - Neftali Feliz (1-5): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 walk, 1 home run