LOS ANGELES — With Hollywood as its neighbor, Los Angeles is no stranger to dramatic endings.
And with his game-winning, three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 2 of the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner certainly attained movie star status.
The 4-1 victory gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series and plenty of momentum heading to Chicago for Game 3 on Tuesday.
Before Turner’s heroics, the game was a battle of bullpens.
The move paid off — again — as four Dodgers relievers were nearly perfect over four innings. Even so, the game was tied at 1-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth.
On a 1-0 count to Turner, Lackey grooved a 91 mph fastball over the plate. Turner didn’t miss it, blasting it over the fence in center field for the dramatic victory.
Turner also drove in the Dodgers’ first run with a two-out RBI single in the fifth inning.
Hill gave up only a solo homer to Addison Russell in the fifth inning but was lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fifth, Roberts continuing to show trust in his bullpen.
Kenley Jansen entered in the top of the ninth and struck out Kris Bryant for the first out of the inning before hitting Anthony Rizzo with a pitch, the only baserunner allowed by the Dodgers bullpen all night.
Jansen, though, wasn’t fazed, striking out Wilson Contreras and getting Albert Almora Jr. on a groundout to end the inning.
The Dodgers threatened against Cubs starter Jon Lester in the second inning with a couple of walks, but Lester retired Culberson on a fly to right field to end the inning.
In the third, Cubs second baseman Javier Baez, hitless in 17 postseason at-bats going into the game, led off with a walk. After Lester struck out on a failed bunt attempt, Baez stole second, and then took third on a wild pitch.
Bryant then struck out to end the inning.
Russell broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fifth, hitting an 88 mph fastball from Hill into the seats just inside the left-field foul pole for a 1-0 lead.
The Dodgers got a leadoff double from Culberson in the bottom of the fifth, but Curtis Granderson, pinch-hitting for Hill, popped out to the third baseman Bryant in foul territory for the first out.
Chris Taylor grounded out to shortstop, Culberson moving up to third, before Turner slapped a grounder through the hole between first and second for an RBI single, tying the game at 1-1.
When Bellinger followed with a walk, increasing Lester’s pitch count to 103, Maddon went to Carl Edwards Jr. out of the bullpen. Roberts countered with pinch hitter Chase Utley, who struck out to end the inning.
Lester gave up a run on three hits in 4 2/3 innings.
NOTES: After an off day, Dodgers RHP Yu Darvish is scheduled to oppose Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks in Game 3 on Tuesday at Wrigley Field. … Los Angeles LHP Alex Wood and Chicago RHP Jake Arrieta are the probable starters for Game 4 on Wednesday. … Dodgers 3B Justin Turner is 9-for-21 (.429) with two homers and 10 RBIs in five games during this year’s postseason. … Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo is 0-for-14 in his past four postseason games.