There was a lot of chatter before the game about whether Kershaw should have started Game 1 of the series, as the Dodgers instead opted to ride the red-hot arm of Hyun-Jin Ryu. All Clayton did was go out and go longer into a postseason game than he ever had before—eight full innings of two hit ball.
Kershaw started the game allowing a first-pitch leadoff double to Ronald Acuna Jr, who was eventually stranded at third. Clayton retired the next 14 batters before Ender Inciarte muscled an infield single in the fifth. He looked good, inducing a lot of soft contact despite only striking out three.
For their part, the Dodgers once again took the lead early. Joc Pederson hit a leadoff double, was moved over to third on a Justin Turner groundout, and was brought home when Manny Machado hit a home run to left. Yasmani Grandal padded the lead in the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run to right-center field.
Although it appeared Kershaw would go the distance, Kenley Jansen appeared in relief in the top of the ninth. He allowed a one-out single to Acuña before retiring the next two batters to secure the win.
The Dodgers have held the Braves scoreless through two games, and they send arguably their best pitcher to the mound Sunday in Atlanta in Walker Buehler.