The Atlanta Braves beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7 on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game set at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. It marked the fourth straight win for Atlanta.
Ronald Acuna Jr. made MLB history as the first player with 30 or more home runs and 60 or more stolen bases in a season with a grand slam during the top of the second inning.
Austin Riley clubbed a solo home run in that inning. Michael Harris II had a home run to lead off the top of the fifth. Mookie Betts homered twice, while Michael Busch and Max Muncy each homered for the Dodgers. However, the Braves held on to claim the victory, again, by a final score of 8-7.
Spencer Strider was Atlanta’s winning pitcher; he gave up four runs and four hits, walked two, and struck out nine over six innings. Raisel Iglesias picked up the save. Lance Lynn took the loss for LA.
The National League East-leading Braves improved their MLB-best record to 88-45 on the 2023 regular season, and the NL West-leading Dodgers are now 83-50. Those teams will meet again tonight at 10:10 pm Eastern. Tune in for the play-by-play story from the Atlanta Braves Radio Network in progress upon the conclusion of high school football coverage on WLAQ 1410 AM or 96.9 FM.
The Braves will continue their series in LA through Sunday. They will return to their home field at Truist Park next week.