Rowdy Tellez snapped a scoreless tie with a two-run home run in the seventh inning to lift the host Milwaukee Brewers to a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday in the first game of their National League Division Series.
Braves starter Charlie Morton (0-1) who had allowed just two hits through six innings, hit Avisail Garcia with a pitch to open the seventh. Tellez, who was on the injured list from Sept. 12 to Oct. 1 with a right patella strain, then drove a 1-2 pitch 411 feet to right-center.
Pinch-hitter Joc Pederson brought the Braves within 2-1 with an opposite-field homer to left with two outs in the eighth off Adrian Houser, who had retired the first five hitters he faced.
Josh Hader, who converted 34 saves in 35 tries during the regular season, preserved the victory with a scoreless ninth, despite allowing a walk and a hit. Pinch-hitter Orlando Arcia, acquired from Milwaukee in an early-season trade, grounded out with runners at the corners to end the game. Houser (1-0) got the victory.
Brewers starter Corbin Burnes, the major's regular-season ERA leader, allowed two hits in six scoreless innings before being lifted for a pinch-hitter. He struck out six and walked three in his 91-pitch outing.
Atlanta did not get its first hit off Burnes until Eddie Rosario led off the fifth inning with a bloop single to shallow right center, but he was immediately erased when Travis d'Arnaud grounded into a double play.
Burnes worked out of trouble in the first when Jorge Soler and Freddie Freeman walked to open, and Soler continued to third on a passed ball. Ozzie Albies grounded out to first baseman Tellez, who cut down Soler at the plate. Freeman took third on a wild pitch, but Burnes fanned Austin Riley.
Milwaukee, which won the NL Central despite losing 10 of its final 14, was just 16-49 when scoring three runs or fewer.
Right-hander Brandon Woodruff (9-10, 2.56 ERA) starts for the Brewers in Game 2 at Milwaukee on Saturday against left-hander Max Fried (14-7, 3.04) for the NL East winners. Atlanta and Milwaukee split six regular-season games, each winning two on the road.
San Francisco 4, Los Angeles 0
Logan Webb made a splashy postseason debut Friday night, striking out 10 in 7 2/3 innings and leading the host San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.
Buster Posey hit a two-run home run while Kris Bryant and Brandon Crawford added solo shots for the Giants, whose 107-win regular season earned them the home-field advantage in the best-of-five series against the 106-win Dodgers.
Webb (1-0), who went unbeaten in his last 20 regular-season starts, limited the Dodgers to five hits in his longest outing of the season. He did not walk a batter.
Using a variety of off-speed pitches to keep the Dodgers off-balance, Webb faced just three baserunners in scoring position, two coming after doubles by Corey Seager in the sixth and Will Smith in the seventh. However, the Dodgers went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position against the 24-year-old right-hander.
Webb worked with a lead almost all the way after Posey blasted a 3-0 pitch from Walker Buehler (0-1) into the San Francisco Bay beyond the right field fence with two outs in the first inning. The blow also scored Tommy La Stella, who had led off the inning with a walk.
Buehler kept the Dodgers within striking distance by limiting the Giants to just four more hits until Bryant led off the seventh with his seventh career postseason home run.
Bryant finished 3-for-3 and La Stella 2-for-2 with a walk for the Giants, who out-hit the Dodgers 7-5.