Dodgers counting on Machado to push them over Series hump


Because the Braves had already used their allotment of six mound visits, no one could go out to talk with the Atlanta closer, to give him a moment to settle down.

Just a day after the Milwaukee Brewers finished off the Colorado Rockies in the NLDS, two more teams punched their ticket to the League Championship round as the Houston Astros completed a sweep of the Cleveland Indians and will await the victor of the Yankees-Red Sox series to see who they will play.

Machado, who also homered for Los Angeles in Game 2, padded the Dodgers lead with a three-run homer against Braves reliever Chad Sobotka.

Buehler issued a bases-loaded walk to Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb to force in a run.

"He continues to amaze", Freeman said.

Atlanta has been outscored 9-0 int he first two games, managing just nine hits.

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

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Freeman connected on the first pitch from former teammate Alex Wood to put Atlanta back on top. When he left the game, Cleveland was in front 2-1 after tagging Keuchel for two runs on a sacrifice fly by Michael Brantley and Francisco Lindor's second home run of the series.

Now Atlanta must face Walker Buehler, the rookie who shutdown the Rockies in the NL West Tiebreaker by throwing 6 2/3 scoreless innings. Newcomb was pulled after walking a pair of walks in the third and Justin Turner hit an RBI single off Kevin Gausman.

Matt Kemp, who led off the Dodgers' sixth with a double, was cut down at the plate trying to score on a ground ball.

Game 5, if needed, would be Wednesday at Los Angeles. Mickey Mantle did it at 21 for the New York Yankees in the 1953 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

"No, I don't recognize him", he said through a translator. The Dodgers hold a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.

The Braves are bringing back right-hander Mike Foltynewicz on three days' rest to make the start.

"Snit came up and talked to me on the plane before we took off, let me know that that was a possibility, so kind of get my mind right before I kind of went to bed", Newcomb said. We've just got to hope.