Watch Cody Bellinger's Catch to Rob Fernando Tatis Jr. of Two-Run Homer

Cody Bellinger pulled off one of the play of MLB postseason as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 6-5 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the National League Division Series.

With the Padres down 4-3 with a runner on and two outs in the top of the seventh inning, Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a ferocious drive to center that looked all but certain to be flying into the seats to give San Diego a 5-4 lead. Bellinger, however, had other ideas and sprinted almost 100 feet while keeping his eyes on the ball, before leaping forward and extending his glove above the eight-foot wall to complete a stunning grab.

"I just kind of turned around as fast as I could, got to the fence and saw that it was probable, so I decided to try to time up the jump, and it's how it worked out," Bellinger, who had homered in the fourth inning to put the Dodgers 4-1 ahead, told ESPN after the game.

"I didn't know if it was a homer or not, but I knew I caught it."


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Bellinger, the 2019 National League MVP, said it was only the first time—and just the second in his career—he had prevented a home run in the playoffs and Padres manager Jayce Tingler conceded the play completely swung the momentum of the game.

"Certainly turned out being the difference in the game," he said. "Tatis squared it up pretty good. For him to go up and rob one there, there's not much to say."

To compound matters for the Padres, the Dodgers extended their lead to 6-3 as Mookie Betts and Corey Seager scored in the bottom of the seventh inning. San Diego rallied back in the top of the ninth, with Jake Cronenworth and Mitch Moreland both scoring and had the bases loaded, only for Eric Hosmer to ground out to Kike Hernandez at second base as Joe Kelly secured his first save of the current postseason and the Dodgers took a two-game lead.

With a win in Game 3 on Thursday night the Dodgers will advance to the National League Championship Series for the fourth time in five seasons. Los Angeles lost in the World Series in 2017 and 2018 against the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox respectively, before falling in five games against the eventual World Series champions Washington Nationals in the National League Division Series 12 months ago.

The Dodgers entered the season as the bookmakers' favorite to win a first World Series title since 1988 and have lived up to expectations so far, finishing the shortened regular season with the best record in the National League. FiveThirtyEight's statistical projections give the Dodgers a 71 percent chance of making the World Series for the third time in four seasons and a 50 percent chance to win the title, by far the largest figure of any of the teams left in the postseason.

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Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers catches a fly ball during the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres in Game Two of the National League Division Series at Globe Life Field on October 7 in Arlington, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty