Reliever Brandon Woodruff stunned ace Clayton Kershaw with a solo home run and the normally shutdown Milwaukee bullpen barely held on as the Brewers beat the sloppy Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 Friday night in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series.

Hard-throwing Josh Hader and the Brewers earned their 12th straight win, one shy of the franchise record set to open the 1987 season.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) reacts after giving up two runs during the fourth inning of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The Dodgers scored three times in the eighth to make it 6-4, then nearly tied it in the ninth. Chris Taylor hit an RBI triple off center fielder Lorenzo Cain’s glove with two outs before Corey Knebel fanned Justin Turner to end it.

Milwaukee Brewers’ Domingo Santana hits a two-run scoring double during the fourth inning of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Kershaw was chased before he could retire in the fourth inning.

Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers players stand during the national anthem before Game 1 of the National League Championship Series baseball game Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Manny Machado homered and drove in three runs for Los Angeles. The Dodgers committed four errors, including two by catcher Yasmani Grandal, who also had two passed balls.

Bob Uecker throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 of the National League Championship Series baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Game 2 is Saturday at Miller Park, with Wade Miley pitching for the Brewers against Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Dave Roberts (30) argues with umpire Scott Barry (87) during the third inning of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Brandon Woodruff throws during the third inning of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Source: The Associated Press

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