NLDS Game 1: Bullpen picks up Clayton Kershaw in a narrow Dodgers victory.

Justin Turner, Corey Seager

Justin Turner, right, and Corey Seager, left, hit home runs in the Dodgers’ 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of their National League Division Series. (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Clayton Kershaw was not perfect, but he didn’t have to be in the Dodgers’ 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday. The box score is here.

Kershaw won, and that was enough, writes columnist Mark Whicker.

Kenley Jansen‘s five-out save meant he got to bat with the bases loaded in the ninth inning; other than it was business as usual for the Dodgers’ bullpen.

Game 2 starter Rich Hill has no hard feelings toward the Washington Nationals, who released him last year.

Here’s what they were saying after the game:

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.