Acuna's slam helps Braves edge Dodgers, extend NLDS

Annette Crawford
October 13, 2018

The homer gave the Braves, who trail 2-0 in the series, a 5-0 lead.

Atlanta Braves rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. has become the youngest player to hit a grand slam in the post-season.

After needing just five pitches to work a 1-2-3 first inning, the seemingly unflappable Walker Buehler combusted in what amounted to a five-run second.

A new postseason hero and an old one provided the two biggest swings for the Los Angeles Dodgers. They had Braves batter off balance all game long and dominated from start to finish. Buehler's first three offerings to Acuña were all for ball.

Postseason stalwart Justin Turner got the Dodgers on the board with an RBI single to left field off Kevin Gauseman, the Braves' original Game 3 probable.

Gauseman worked into his own trouble in the fifth inning when a leadoff walk later led to Chris Taylor hitting a two-run home run with two strikes. Kurt Suzuki, who was batting for Foltynewicz, contributed a two-out pinch single to drive in Johan Camargo and Tyler Flowers. Newcomb almost pitched a no-hitter against Los Angeles in July, and the Dodgers have beaten right-handers in the first two games of the series.

With a chance to redeem himself from his less than stellar start in Game 1, Mike Foltynewicz took the mound again and went four innings giving up one run on two hits, striking out five, and walking four.

For the third year in a row, the boys in blue will be in the National League Championship Series after a three-games-to-one victory in the best-of-five NL Division Series against the Atlanta Braves.

"You just gotta be ready", Freese 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.

Los Angeles also benefited from some shaky Atlanta defence during its go-ahead inning. However when Alex Wood came in relief for him, he served up a solo shot to Freddie Freeman which would be the difference maker as the Braves went on to win, 6-5 and force a Game 4.

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