Oct. 4 (UPI) — Walker Buehler allowed one hit across six scoreless innings and Max Muncy drove in three runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Washington Nationals 6-0 in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Thursday night.
Buehler had a masterful performance against the Nationals after earning the starting nod over veterans Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu. He struck out eight, walked three and retired the last seven batters he faced as the Dodgers grabbed a 2-0 lead after six innings.
Nationals starter Patrick Corbin got off to a rocky start in the first, issuing four walks in the inning. He walked three consecutive batters with two outs, including a free pass to Muncy with the bases loaded to give the Dodgers a 1-0 advantage.
Corbin allowed two runs, one earned, and three hits in six innings. The left-hander had nine strikeouts and finished with five walks.
Muncy plated two more runs in the bottom of the seventh with a single to right field, giving the Dodgers a 4-0 lead. Los Angeles rookie Gavin Lux and Joc Pederson each belted solo home runs in the eighth to seal the victory.
Game 2 of the best-of-five series is scheduled for Friday in Los Angeles.