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Dodger comeback falls short in 6-5 loss

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Dodgers and Braves will play another day as Freeman home run provides winning margin

Divisional Round - Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves - Game Three Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

The Braves took an early lead on a bases-loaded walk to their pitcher and then a grand slam. But then the Dodgers scored five unanswered runs to tie the game. However, after leaving men in scoring in the top of the sixth, Freddie Freeman hit the first pitch from Alex Wood over the right-field wall and that was enough for the Braves 6-5 win.

The win means there will be a Game 4 on Monday but before both teams turn the page on this game, there will be some disappointment from the Dodgers for not taking the opportunities presented to them tonight.

Both starting pitchers ended up leaving without a chance for a decision. Sean Newcomb started for the Braves and he was a recipient of a 5-0 lead after two innings. But in the third inning, Justin Turner’s single was misplayed and two Dodgers scored to make it 5-2. Newcomb would be taken out before Walker Buehler.

And that seemed surprising because in the bottom of the second, Buehler issued the Dodgers first walk of the series when he pitched four straight balls to Nick Markakis. Buehler would strike out the next two hitters but then a bloop single and a key error by Cody Bellinger put runners on second and third.

Former Dodger Charlie Culberson was walked intentionally to load the bases. Newcomb came up and Buehler did not come close, walking him on four pitches to force in a run.

Ronald Acuña Jr. saw three straight balls and then it appeared he got a fourth ball. But that pitch was called a strike. Acuña who appeared to be backing away from the pitch in preparation to go to first, then swung at the next pitch and hit it out to make it 5-0.

With the score 5-2, Yasmani Grandal walked and Buehler remained in the game. Buehler struck out and when it seemed like that was a bad decision not to hit for Buehler, Chirs Taylor hit a two-run homer to make it a one-run game.

Max Muncy, who had entered the game a few innings earlier when he pinch-hit for David Freese, hit a booming home run to center to tie the game.

Buehler had settled down from the second inning to pitch three scoreless innings. However, the first pitch made by the Dodgers first relief pitcher of the game, Alex Wood, would be the one to give the Braves the win.

The Dodgers kept trying to comeback and the ninth inning was certainly a frustrating one for them. After two great at-bats by Joc Pederson, who would hit a pinch-hit single off the wall and the Braves’ ninth walk of the game, this time to Justin Turner, the Dodgers had two on with no outs.

Max Muncy worked a 3-0 count off of Arodys Vizcaino but then Vizcaino got Muncy to strike out on a full count. Manny Machado and Brian Dozier didn’t battle Vizcaino as well as the first three hitters and they each struck out on pitches out of the zone to end the game.

Up Next

Dodgers will send Rich Hill to face possibly Mike Foltynewicz on short rest (as reported by Ken Gurnick). Game 4 will be the middle game played tomorrow, first pitch will be scheduled for 1:30 p.m. PT.

Sunday Particulars

Home Runs: Ronald Acuña Jr. (1), Chris Taylor (1), Max Muncy (2), Freddie Freeman (1)

WP: Touki Toussaint (1-0): 1 IP, 1 hit, 2 walks

LP: Alex Wood (0-1): ⅓ IP, 1 run, 1 hit

SV: Arodys Vizcaino (1): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts