The Dodgers lived to see another day, thanks to home runs by Corey Seager and Will Smith, a heads-up play by Mookie Betts, and stellar relief work to beat the Braves on Friday, forcing a Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday afternoon at Globe Life Field in Texas.
The Braves lead the best-of-7 series, three games to two.
Saturday features the fourth different starting time of the series, with a 1:38 p.m. PT scheduled first pitch. FS1 will televise the game, with Joe Buck, John Smoltz, Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci on the call.
In Texas, the Dodgers will turn to Walker Buehler in Game 6, five days after he allowed a run in five innings in Game 1. While managing blisters on the index and middle fingers of his right hand, Buehler has a 2.77 ERA in his three starts this postseason, with 23 strikeouts in 13 innings. But he’s also walked 11, including a career-worst five on Monday.
“I think I can pitch better than I have recently,” Buehler said Friday. “I just kind of have to be more consistently in the zone.”
Left-hander Max Fried also allowed only one run in Game 1, striking out nine in six innings. The Dodgers made Fried throw 45 pitches in the first two innings of that start, but couldn’t cash in any of the four baserunners in those innings. Kiké Hernandez homered for the Dodgers’ only run on Monday.