The Atlanta Braves fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 on Wednesday night in the finale of a three-game set at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA; that allowed defending World Series champion LA to sweep the series.
The Dodgers got on the board first on a solo home run from Max Muncy off of Max Fried during the bottom of the first inning. Austin Barnes contributed a solo shot in the third to make it 2-0 in favor of LA. But the Braves tied the game on a two-run homer by Eddie Rosario in the top of the seventh. Dansby Swanson gave Atlanta a 3-2 lead with a solo home run in the eighth.
But the Dodgers struck back in the bottom of that inning with a pair of runs off the Braves’ bullpen, including a game-tying RBI single from Justin Turner and the tie-breaking single by AJ Pollock.
Chris Martin was charged with the loss for Atlanta, whose starter Max Fried surrendered two runs and three hits, walked one, and struck out nine over six innings. Phil Bickford was credited with the relief and Joe Kelly got the save for LA.
Atlanta fell to 70-62 on the ’21 season; their lead in the National League East has diminished to just two games over the Philadelphia Phillies. LA improved to 85-49 and has now assumed a half-game lead in the NL West over the San Francisco Giants.
The Braves will be in Colorado to open a four-game series versus the Rockies tonight. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:40 pm Eastern at Coors Field out in Denver. The outing will be broadcast on WLAQ 1410 AM/96.9 FM; air time is 7:25 pm.