Braves 6, Dodgers 5

Braves 6, Dodgers 5

The Braves hold serve on home-field advantage, turning 4 hits into 6 runs, and surviving 9 walks issued.

The Braves jumped on Walker Buehler in the 2nd, with a walk, a single and error, and an intentional walk leading to their first run of the series after a Sean Newcomb (!) bases loaded walk.  After a dubious 3 – 0 pitch was called strike 1, Ronald Acuna Jr. followed with a grand slam, opening up a 5 – 0 lead.

Newcomb could not complete a shutdown inning however, yielding to Kevin Gausman after 2 and 2/3 innings, with 2 of his 3 walks coming in the 3rd.  Gausman allowed a single to Justin Turner, which Acuna overran, resulting in 1 earned and 1 unearned run charged to Newcomb.  Gausman gave up his own pair of runs in the 5th, on a 2 run homer by Chris Taylor.

Max Fried relieved Gausman in the 5th, surrendering a solo home to Max Muncy, bringing the Dodgers all the way back.  However, Freddie Freeman greeted Alex Wood with a mammoth home run on the first pitch of the bottom of the 6th to close the scoring.  Kurt Suzuki had the 4th hit, for those counting.

Whichever pitcher you were clamoring to see tonight, you were almost undoubtedly wrong.

Touki Toussaint, Chad Sobotka, A.J. Minter, and Arodys Vizcaino closed it out; only Sobotka allowed fewer than 2 baserunners, with a perfect 7th.  To be fair to Vizcaino, after allowing a single and a walk in the 9th, he struck out Muncy, Manny Machado, and Turner, all swinging, while working around a wild pitch that left the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position.

The Braves will look to even the series on Monday at SunTrust Park, game time 4:30, on FS1.

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