NLDS: Los Angeles Dodgers sweep away Arizona Diamondbacks, advance to NLCS

NLDS: Los Angeles Dodgers sweep away Arizona Diamondbacks, advance to NLCS

Former Rangers ace Yu Darvish won his first-career post-season game late Monday night, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers advance to the NLCS with a sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Dodgers 3-1 victory brought the three-game run differential against the D-Backs to 20-11 and bragging rights within the NL West for the rest of the year. And they did it the way they've performed all season long: With consistent pitching and hitting.

Dodgers bullpen: Darvish left the game after 5 innings with a 2-1 lead, but the Dodgers bullpen came in and finished the job. The 22-year-old first baseman got his team on the scoreboard with an RBI groundout in the first inning and struck again during the fifth with a solo homer to put his team ahead, 2-0.

Monday was as textbook a closeout game could be in the Major League Baseball postseason for the LA Dodgers.

Darvish gave up one run and struck out seven in five-plus innings to send the Dodgers to the NLCS against the victor of the Chicago Cubs-Washington Nationals series.

Daniel Descalso broke Darvish's shutout with a two-out homer in the fifth inning, and Darvish was removed after hitting Christian Walker in the helmet leading off the sixth.

Los Angeles has been in prime form this entire series, with a 9-5 win in Game 1, an 8-5 win in Game 2, and now this 3-1 win to cap off Game 3.

In 2013, when the Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks in a postseason series, LA players jumped in the Arizona stadium's pool to celebrate. Four wins away from the World Series.

GettyLos Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw.

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