Left-handed Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw entered in the ninth and retired the last three Milwaukee batters to send Los Angeles back to the World Series.
Bellinger smashed a two-run homer in the second inning to give the Dodgers the lead for good and Puig belted a three-run homer in the sixth as visiting Los Angeles won the National League Championship Series four games to three.
Oddsmakers at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook set the Red Sox as minus-135 favorites in early betting, with the Dodgers made plus-115 to win the series. It will be the first matchup in the Fall Classic between the two teams since 1916, when the Dodgers were called the Robins and played in Brooklyn. Los Angeles is going for its first championship since 1988 after it lost to the Houston Astros in seven games in the Fall Classic past year.
Giants fans surely hope it will grow to 31 by the end of the month.
The Dodgers overwhelmed the young Atlanta Braves in the NL Division Series, then outlasted a Brewers team that used creative and at times unprecedented methods to make up for deficiencies in its rotation.
"We did a couple of things that were quite different, but in general I don't think we've been radically different", the manager continued. This was in part due to Chris Taylor making one of the finest catches you will ever see. They finally made it back to the playoffs this year.
"All that stuff in the offseason, I'm not going to think about that for a while", Moustakas said after the loss in Game 7.
The Dodgers got a strong start from rookie right-hander Walker Buehler, who managed to go 4 ²/₃ innings, which is practically a complete game compared to the Brewers. "We showed what we're capable of", Brewers reliever, Corey Knebel, said.
The Brewers ended their 2018 season NL Central Champions and fell just one game short of the World Series. "They're warriors, and they listen and they want to be great".
He loved the Puig home run, too.
Pitching for the first time since Game 4, Hader struck out four, walked one and allowed one hit in three innings of scoreless relief.