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The Dodgers put the ball in ace Clayton Kershaw's hand Tuesday, hoping the left-hander could do Scooter Gennett 2018 MLB All-Star Game Jersey his magic on three days' rest to force a Game 5 in their NLDS.But in the end, another veteran proved the difference for the Dodgers.Chase Utley's two-out single in the bottom of the eighth inning drove in Andrew Toles for the eventualwinning run in the Dodgers' 6-5victory over the Nationals at DodgerStadium. Kenley Jansen retired the side in order in the ninth to earnthe save. Joe Blanton got the win in relief.Kershaw looked greatthrough six innings, giving up only two earned runs on five hitswhile striking out 10 and walking two. But the wheels fell off in the seventh inning. After Kershaw gaveup a pair of hits and then walked Bryce Harper to load the bases, manager Dave Joe Morgan Jersey Roberts went to his bullpen. Allthree runners ended up scoring, wiping out Kershaw's gutsy performance.Utley's clutch single helped the Dodgers live another day.MORE: Must-see images from the NLDSThree takeaways from the Dodgers' win:1. The bullpenletsClayton Kershaw down. It's too easy tosecond-gue s Roberts for letting Kershaw go outfor the seventh inning. Even for the best pitcher in baseball today, it was probablyasking too much to send him back out after he had Joey Votto Jersey thrown89 pitches on short rest.2. We can't get enough of Kershaw vs. Harper.Does it get any more excitingthan their matchup in the seventh inning? With two runners on and Harper sure to be Kershaw's last hitter, Kershaw had Harper 1-2 in the count before walking him.MORE: Dodgers stave off elimination3. Daniel Murphy picks up where he left off. Murphy, the Mets' postseason hero last season,continued his phenomenal postseason play for the Nats, going2 Eugenio Suarez Jerseyfor3 with four RBIs. He's now 6for13 with six RBIs in this series.HighlightAfter Kershaw gave up a run and threw 27 pitches in the first inning, Adrian Gonzalez helped him out in the bottom of the inning. MORE: The 50 best players of the 2016 MLB postseason, rankedWhat's nextGame 5: Dodgers at Nationals, 5p.m. ET on Thursday (FS1) Rich Hill (12-5,2.12 ERA in the regular season) gets the call for the Anthony DeSclafani Jersey Dodgers. He'll be working on three days' rest after giving up fourearned runs in 4 1/3 innings and picking up the lo s in Game 2 Sunday.The Nationals will try to win the series with Max Scherzer (20-7, 2.96 ERA). Hegave up four earned runs in six innings in losing the first game of theNLDS.