Dodgers opt for Kershaw in Game 4

Los Angeles, CA ( - The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Monday that Clayton Kershaw will start Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves.

Kershaw struck out 12 and scattered just a run on three hits over seven dominant innings in Los Angeles' 6-1 Game 1 win.

The Dodgers had originally tabbed Ricky Nolasco as the Game 4 starter. He surrendered 19 runs over 12 innings in his last three starts of the year.

Los Angeles can advance to its first National League Championship Series since 2009 with a victory.

Zack Greinke would start a potential Game 5.