Atlanta puts up Brave face as Dodgers seek sweep

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The Braves held on to win, so there will be a Game 4 with the Dodgers having a two-games-to-one lead.

"We all know that there's a lot more work to be done", Robert said.

Roberts said Clayton Kershaw would start on Wednesday in Los Angeles if a Game 5 is necessary. Then you get to be around these beasts and an organization that wants to go for it and everything.

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.

The Dodgers won the best-of-five Division Series 3-1 and will face the Milwaukee Brewers.

Acuna connected in the second, right after Dodgers rookie Walker Buehler walked Braves starter Sean Newcomb on four pitches with the bases loaded.

"You just gotta be ready", Freese said.

Getting back to the playoffs ahead of schedule after a massive rebuild, Atlanta simply didn't have the experience, depth or power to stick with the power-packed Dodgers.

Acuna, who hit 26 homers in the regular season, had a double and single in Game 2 and followed that up impressively on Sunday. "That's just a workout", Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "We're not built like that yet".

Los Angeles also benefited from some shaky Atlanta defense during its go-ahead inning. A super sub during the regular season, Culberson had to start in the playoffs because of an injury to regular Dansby Swanson. And we have some really good players coming up.

Rich Hill of the Dodgers walked five in 4 1/3 innings, including a pair leading off the fifth that set up Suzuki's two-run single. But Cole would soon settle in and end up going seven strong innings giving up that one run on three hits, striking out 12 batters, and walking nobody.

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. Teheran was 9-9 with a 3.94 ERA in the regular season.

Game 2 was more of the same for Houston, dominant pitching and offensive production led them to victory.



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