Dodgers tweak lineup to adjust to Braves left-hander Newcomb

Dodgers tweak lineup to adjust to Braves left-hander Newcomb

Dodgers tweak lineup to adjust to Braves left-hander Newcomb

Freddie Freeman hit a tie-breaking homer in the sixth inning after the Braves had let a five-run lead slip away and closer Arodys Vizcaino pulled off an escape act in the ninth inning with three strikeouts to spoil the Dodgers' sweep hopes.

Manny Machado, who was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles at the MLB trade deadline for moments just like this, and David Freese, the veteran infielder who won MVP honors in the 2011 NLCS and 2011 World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals, fueled an offensive outburst that pushed the Dodgers to the National League Championship Series. In Games 1 and 2, they received seven-plus innings from their starters, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Clayton Kershaw which ended in back-to-back shutout wins for the Dodgers en route to a 2-0 series lead heading back to Atlanta.

He also struggled in his one start against the Dodgers in July, giving up six hits and four runs in five innings, striking out eight while walking three.

Right ahead of Acuna, pitcher Sean Newcomb drew a bases loaded walk with two outs in the inning.

"They're a very powerful team", Braves manager Brian Snitker said. Los Angeles had a franchise-record 235 homers during the regular season and hit eight more against the Braves, accounting for 14 of its 20 runs. "It's what they've done all year is hit home runs".

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Snitker said he may move switch-hitting second-baseman Ozzie Albies up in the lineup to No. 2.

Puig stole second without drawing a throw and came home when backup shortstop Charlie Culberson failed to knock down Freese's sharp grounder up the middle.

Buehler, who had a 2.03 ERA after the All-Star break, pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings Monday in the NL West tiebreaker against Colorado that gave the Dodgers their sixth straight division title.

However, Foltynewicz was Atlanta's top starter during the regular season, his best as a major leaguer.

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Game 4 is Monday afternoon at Atlanta.

Former Atlanta manager Bobby Cox one-hopped his toss to the plate but still received a big ovation from the Atlanta crowd.

Freeman connected on the first pitch from former teammate Alex Wood to put Atlanta back on top.

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