Roberts makes all the right moves as Dodgers sweep Diamondbacks to reach NLCS

Darvish did not crumble. His postseason career was brief but checkered: Two starts, two defeats and a 5.40 earned-run average. He aimed to rectify that history on Monday. Darvish faced one batter over the minimum on his first turn through Arizona’s lineup. The Diamondbacks lacked experience against Darvish — only outfielder J.D. Martinez had more than six at-bats against him.

In the fourth, Darvish flabbergasted the heart of Arizona’s lineup. He unleashed a 2-2 slider that nipped the outside corner to freeze shortstop Ketel Marte. His fastball touched 98 mph before he struck out Goldschmidt with another slider. Darvish finished the inning with a wicked, two-seam fastball that induced a futile swing by Martinez.

“That was the best I’ve ever seen him,” Barnes said.

The gap between Darvish and Greinke, in terms of aesthetics, was immense. The actual difference in the game was only one run. Greinke walked five batters in the first four innings but held the Dodgers to six hitless at-bats with runners in scoring position.

After flying out in the third inning, Bellinger met with Roberts for

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