Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Dodgers Beat Braves in Game 4 to Advance to NLCS

Dodgers Beat Braves in Game 4 to Advance to NLCS

Los Angeles leads the NLDS 2-1 over Atlanta and can clinch the series with a win.

The Dodgers, trying to make the NL Championship Series for the third consecutive year, won 6-0 and 3-0 in Los Angeles while holding the Braves to nine combined hits and issuing no walks.

Game 3 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and Braves has a scheduled first pitch today at 8:07 pm EST / 5:07 pm PST.

Freese's two-out pinch hit in the sixth inning came off Brad Brach after Johnny Venters gave up singles to Enrique Hernandez and Yasiel Puig, who stole second to get into scoring position after his bloop hit.

Machado finished off Atlanta in the seventh, launching a 1-2 pitch from rookie Chad Sobotka over the Dodgers' bullpen - his team's eighth homer of the series.

This is what the Dodgers had in mind when they acquired the free agent-to-be from the lowly Baltimore Orioles back in July.

Buehler issued a bases-loaded walk to Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb to force in a run. 'He's been doing it all year and he continued it in the playoffs.

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"They're a very powerful team", Braves manager Brian Snitker said. Los Angeles had a franchise-record 235 homers during the regular season and eight more against the Braves, accounting for 14 of its 20 runs. Freddie Freeman is hitting.310 with 191 hits and 23 home runs in 161 games this year for the Braves.

Los Angeles also benefited from some shaky Atlanta defense during its go-ahead inning.

However, Foltynewicz was Atlanta's top starter during the regular season, his best as a major leaguer. Their pitching held the Indians to three runs or fewer in each of the three games they played and outscored them 21-6 in the series. That start against the San Francisco Giants was a gem though as Hill allowed just two hits while striking out eight in seven shutout innings. He pitched two scoreless innings in relief of starter Mike Foltynewicz in Thursday's opener.

Hill isn't much of a hitter, but he sure made Foltynewicz work for an inning-ending strikeout in the fourth.

"This one is on me", Buehler said, adding there is "no excuse for the second inning".

Game 4 is Monday afternoon at Atlanta. They had Braves batter off balance all game long and dominated from start to finish.

Atlanta opens the 2019 season at Philadelphia on March 28.

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