The Atlanta Braves were the victors in Game One of the ’20 National League Championship Series by a final score of 5-1 over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX on Monday night. It was the sixth straight postseason win for Atlanta and the first postseason loss for LA.
Freddie Freeman gave the Braves an early lead on a solo home run in the top of the first inning. But the Dodgers tied it up at 1-1 on a solo shot from Kike Hernandez in the fifth. The Braves rallied to regain the lead with four runs in the ninth to include a tiebreaking solo home run from Austin Riley to lead off the inning.
Marcell Ozuna also contributed an RBI single, and Ozzie Albies added a two run homer in that inning.
Will Smith was credited with the win in relief for Atlanta. Starter Max Fried surrendered only one run and four hits, walked two, and struck out nine over six innings of work.
The Braves will face the Dodgers again tonight in Game Two of the best-of-seven NLCS. First pitch is set for 6:05 pm. The outing will be broadcast on WLAQ 1410 AM and 96.9 FM; air time is 4:50 pm.