Cody Bellinger's heroics lift Dodgers over Giants in classic NLDS finale

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Cody Bellinger was there when the Los Angeles Dodgers needed him the most.

With one out in the top of the ninth, Bellinger came up with Justin Turner on second base and Gavin Lux on first. Bellinger singled to the right side of the field off San Francisco Giants reliever Camilo Doval.

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (35) reacts after hitting an RBI-single against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning of Game 5 of a baseball National League Division Series Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in San Francisco.
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Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner, right, is congratulated by Chris Taylor after scoring against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning of Game 5 of a baseball National League Division Series Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in San Francisco.
(AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

Los Angeles drew first blood in the top of the sixth inning.

Mookie Betts singled and stole a base on Buster Posey to get into scoring position. Corey Seager came in and doubled to score Betts.

In the bottom of the inning, Darin Ruf hit a solo home run off Julio Urias to tie the game.

San Francisco Giants’ Darin Ruf rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning of Game 5 of a baseball National League Division Series Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in San Francisco.
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The game was even until the ninth inning when Bellinger delivered the go-ahead single.

Logan Webb and Corey Knebel started for their respective teams. Webb for the Giants and Knebel for the Dodgers. Webb went seven innings and struck out seven batters. He allowed one run on four hits. Knebel opened and allowed one hit in one inning.

San Francisco Giants’ Evan Longoria, middle, reacts after striking out against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning of Game 5 of a baseball National League Division Series Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in San Francisco.
(AP Photo/John Hefti)

Los Angeles will play the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series for the right to go to the World Series. The defending-champion Dodgers will look to play for the title for the fourth time in five years.

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