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Stats of the Day: Turner delivers in NLDS

Dodgers third baseman has monster series, capped by clutch triple in finale
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The Dodgers -- highlighted by a four-run seventh inning, a seven-batter appearance by Julio Urias and seven pitches from Clayton Kershaw in the final inning -- defeated the Nationals, 4-3, in Game 5 of the National League Division Series. They'll face the Cubs in the NL Championship Series starting Saturday (8 p.m. ET on FS1). 

Here are three interesting items from Thursday. ...

The Dodgers -- highlighted by a four-run seventh inning, a seven-batter appearance by Julio Urias and seven pitches from Clayton Kershaw in the final inning -- defeated the Nationals, 4-3, in Game 5 of the National League Division Series. They'll face the Cubs in the NL Championship Series starting Saturday (8 p.m. ET on FS1). 

Here are three interesting items from Thursday. ...

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Justin Turner capped the Dodgers' four-run seventh with a two-run triple. The third baseman, who also reached via walk in Game 5, finished the series with a .400/.591/.733 slash line (6-for-15, a homer and a triple, five walks and two hit-by-pitches), and he led Los Angeles in runs, hits, RBIs, walks and total bases. Turner has reached safely at least twice in 10 straight postseason games -- the longest such streak in Dodgers history, and tied for the fourth-longest streak in MLB history. With his career Division Series slash line of .444/.545/.750 in 44 plate appearances, Turner ranks first in batting average, second in on-base percentage, fifth in slugging and third in OPS among all players in Division Series history with at least 36 plate appearances.

• In the Dodgers' big seventh inning, Joc Pederson tied the game at 1 with a solo homer, and pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz contributed a go-ahead RBI single before Turner drove in a pair with a triple. Ruiz became the fourth player in postseason history to deliver a go-ahead pinch-hit in a winner-take-all affair. He joined the Twins' Gene Larkin (walk-off single in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series), the Braves' Francisco Cabrera (walk-off two-run single in Game 7 of the '92 NLCS) and the A's Alberto Callaspo (single in the 12th inning of the 2014 American League Wild Card Game).

Video: LAD@WSH Gm5: Ruiz knocks go-ahead single to left

• Dodgers lefty Julio Urias picked up the win after two innings of scoreless ball. Urias, at 20 years and 62 days old, became the fourth-youngest pitcher to make his postseason debut, following teenagers Ken Brett (19 years and 20 days old in Game 4 of the 1967 World Series), Bert Blyleven (19 years and 182 days old for Game 3 of the '70 ALCS) and Don Gullett (19 years and 271 days old for Game 2 of the '70 NLCS). Urias is the youngest pitcher to record a victory in a winner-take-all contest.

Video: LAD@WSH Gm5: Urias picks off Harper to end the 5th

Roger Schlueter is a statistical researcher and writes for MLB.com.

Carlos Ruiz, Justin Turner, Julio Urias