It was the Braves turn to use the home run ball to beat the Dodgers on Saturday. Back-to-back solo home runs by Josh Donaldson and Adam Duvall gave the Braves a lead that were able to hold as they beat the Dodgers for the first time season, winning 4-2.
With the game tied 2-2 in the sixth inning, Hyun-Jin Ryu gave up those home runs to Donaldson and Duvall. Ryu would retire one more batter before being taking out for Joe Kelly.
With that removal, Ryu did not complete six innings for the fourth time this season and the four earned runs he gave up was second highest total for this season. Ryu gave up seven runs in a start at Colorado last June.
The Braves scored first when when Ozzie Albies doubled home two runs in the third inning.
The Dodgers immediately cut the deficit to one, Matt Beaty led off the fourth inning with a line drive solo home run to right. Beaty came back in the next inning with two on and two out and he tied the game with a run-scoring single.
Now trailing by two runs, Max Muncy hit a solo home run to lead off the seventh, once again making it a one-run game. That made it six straight multi-home run games for the Dodgers, this is the second this season they have done that.
However that was extent of the Dodger offense for the rest of the game as the Braves bullpen was able to hold off any potential rallies to setup a rubber game on Sunday to take the weekend series.
Home runs: Matt Beaty (7), Josh Donaldson (26), Adam Duvall (6), Max Muncy (31)
WP: Sean Newcomb (6-3), 1⅓ IP
LP: Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-3), 5⅔ IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 2 HR
SV: Mark Melancon (3), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 SO
The Dodgers will try to win another series as they conclude their road trip with a morning game for their fans back in Los Angeles. The Dodgers will have right-hander Tony Gonsolin make the start. Gonsolin will be making his third start for the Dodgers this season.
Atlanta will have left-handed pitcher Max Fried, who was born in Santa Monica and went to Harvard-Westlake, on the mound. This will be Fried’s second start of the season against the Dodgers.
First pitch is scheduled for 10:20 a.m. PT.