(ATLANTA) -- Clayton Kershaw was nothing short of brilliant in his first postseason start since 2009, striking out 12 over seven innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 6-1 in Game 1 of their National League Division Series.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run home run in the third inning to give the Dodgers a 4-0 lead, and it was all Kershaw needed as he earned the postseason win of his young career.
"This one definitely has special meaning to me," Kershaw said.
Kris Medlen started for the Braves, giving up five runs in four innings. "When you have an opposing pitcher on the mound who is as good as Kershaw, there's not a lot of room for error," he said. "I had a lot of errors tonight."
Game 2 of the best-of-five series will take place on Friday night. Zack Greinke will pitch for the Dodgers, while the Braves will send out Mike Minor to face him.
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