Dodgers directed by Braves, face elimination in NLCS

Eddie Rosario homered twice in his second four-hit game of the NL Championship Series and six edges combined on a four-hitter, giving the Atlanta Braves a 9-2 victory Wednesday over the Los Angeles Dodgers and an impressive 3-1 lead in their best -of-seven playoffs.

Adam Duvall and Freddie Freeman also homaged for Atlanta, who jumped right back from blowing a late lead in a nauseating loss Tuesday and ended his 10-game losing streak at Dodger Stadium.

Game 5 is Thursday at Dodger Stadium, where the Braves face a victory from their first pennant in 22 years and the defending World Series champions face elimination. Last year, the Dodgers beat the Braves 0-2 and 1-3 in the NLCS before roaring back to win three straight games at a neutral spot in Arlington, Texas.

They will have to jump start their offense to get a shot. Their first five hits – Mookie Betts, Corey Seager, NL batsman Trea Turner, Will Smith and Gavin Lux – were a total of 0 for 17.

Los Angeles, which had won 18 out of 19 at home back to the regular season, has won six straight consecutive season-ending games from last year.

Rosario became the first player to have two four-hit matches in a League Championship Series. He rode in four runs and scored three while continuing his torrid off-season, finishing a double short of the bike. He homered in the second inning, tripled in the third, single in the fifth and clocked a three-run homer in the ninth.

“As soon as I knock the other one out, I say, ‘Well, there goes the double,'” Rosario said through a translator.

Rosario was acquired from Cleveland on July 30, when the Braves made their depleted outfield before the trade deadline.

What a find he has been.

The left winger has hit safely in every game this post-season and has collected 14 hits so far — including a walk-off single in Game 2 against the Dodgers. He has struck once.

Rosario is 10 for 17 (.588) with two homers and six RBIs in the NLCS.

The Braves’ four homers had a franchise record after the season.

Each of the series’ first three games was settled with a run in the final two innings.

But when it got late, the Dodgers could not generate any comeback magic this time.

Atlanta opener Jesse Chavez combined with Drew Smyly, Chris Martin, AJ Minter and Tyler Matzek and Will Smith to keep the Dodgers offense down. Los Angeles did not get a hit until the fifth and was limited to one the rest of the way.

Smyly went 3 1/3 innings for the win.

The Braves wasted no time jumping over the entire 20-game winner Julio Urías, who gave up three homers on just 2 2/3 innings. It was the second time he gave up so many in his career; first time was in his second major league match in 2016.

Rosario drove a 0-2 pitch into the left-wing pavilion leading from the second, and Duvall followed with a shot to the center, the first time the Braves homered back-to-back in the postseason since October 3, 2002 against San Francisco in Game 2 in the NL Division Series.

Freeman went deep ahead of third. Two outs later, Rosario tripled to deep right on a two-stroke pitch, sliding his head first into the bag.

“He smiled a little at me after he hit it in there just because it was one of those things where it was just a hot hitter and he knows a little bit where he’s going,” Urías said through a translator.

Duvall went on purpose and Joc Pederson singled to center and scored Rosario for a 4-0 lead against Urías.

“The plan was to try to get to him early, try to get some runs on the board, get lanes that we can handle, keep him in the zone and let the barrel fly,” Duvall said.

The Dodgers closed out 5-2 in the fifth on pinch-hitter AJ Pollock’s two-out, two-run single. Justin Turner singleed out for their first hit of the game, and Cody Bellinger followed with a single and stolen base.

Freeman’s RBI double in the ninth made it 6-2 before Rosario went deep.

Urías did not record a strikeout until the fourth as Dansby Swanson and Freeman went down and swung backwards to finish left-handed first clean inning. Urías gave up five runs and eight hits on five innings. He hit three and went three.

Urías started with two days of rest, after throwing an inning of relief in Game 2 in Atlanta. He gave up two runs on three hits, including a tie -double for Austin Riley in eighth.

Duvall deprived Lux ​​of a home run with a leaping catch at the wall in the middle of the second. Duvall went to the warning lane in the seventh to catch a ball hit by Bellinger, who launched a binding, three-run homer in the Dodgers’ eighth inning rally that helped win Game 3 on Tuesday.

CONNECT FOUR

The only other player with a couple of four-hit fights in a post-season series was Milwaukee Brewers Hall of Famer Robin Yount in the 1982 World Series against St. Louis. Louis.

COACHING ROOM

Braves: Huascar Ynoa was scratched with shoulder inflammation from his planned start. He was replaced on the roster by left-hander Dylan Lee. Ynoa is not eligible to return to the World Series if the Braves move on.

Dodgers: Justin Turner appeared to hurt hoarding in the seventh and screamed as he retired on a doubles game. He limped off the field and was replaced in the eighth.

NEXT

LHP Max Fried starts game 5 for Braves. The Dodgers planned a bullpen game, a strategy they have used twice this offseason, going 1-1 in those games.

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