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NLDS Game 3: Dodgers vs Braves Live Thread

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MLB: NLDS-Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Braves live to fight another day after a 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

(Newest updates will be at the top of the page so if you want to start from the beginning, scroll to the bottom and read up.)

Top of 9th: Braves 6, Dodgers 5

Pederson 1B, Turner BB, Muncy K, Machado K, Dozier K

Arodys Vizcaino worked himself into a significant jam in the ninth but was able to wiggle out of harms way giving the Braves a 6-5 win over the Dodgers. Joc Pederson led off the inning with a single and moved up to second on a walk to Justin Turner. Vizcaino then rallied to strike out Max Muncy, Manny Machado and Brian Dozier to end the game.

Bottom of 8th: Braves 6, Dodgers 5

The Braves hit two balls right on the screws in the eighth but Scott Alexander escapes with a 1-2-3 inning. Freddie Freeman grounded into the shift to lead off the inning before Markakis and Camargo lined out to Justin Turner at third.

Top of 8th: Braves 6, Dodgers 5

A.J. Minter worked himself into and out of a jam in the 8th for the Braves. Brian Dozier led off with a single. Minter then struck out Cody Bellinger and got Kike Hernandez to fly out to center. He then walked Yasmani Grandal before Yasiel Puig grounded out to end the inning.

The Braves are just three outs away.

Bottom of 7th: Braves 6, Dodgers 5

Pedro Baez works a scoreless frame in the seventh working around a walk to Acuna before striking out the side.

Top of 7th: Braves 6, Dodgers 5

Chad Sobotka came on to pitch for the Braves in the seventh and came up huge retiring the Dodgers in order. Justin Turner squared one up but Ender Inciarte ran it down on the warning track for the first out of the inning. Max Muncy then grounded out to Ozzie Albies before Manny Machado popped up to Camargo at third for the final out of the inning.

Bottom of 6th: Braves 6, Dodgers 5

Alex Wood took over on the mound for the Dodgers in the sixth and was greeted rudely by his old teammate. Freddie Freeman jumped on the first pitch he saw from Wood and hit it into the Chophouse to put the Braves back in front 6-5. Markakis followed with a ground out.

Wood was then replaced by Ryan Madson who struck out Johan Camargo before allowing an opposite field single to Kurt Suzuki. However, Madson got Albies to fly out to center to end the inning.

Top of 6th: Braves 5, Dodgers 5

Atlanta dodged another bullet in the sixth. Matt Kemp greeted Toussaint with a ground rule double to left. He moved up to third on a ground out by Bellinger. Kike Hernandez then grounded to Culberson at short who threw home to nab Kemp at the plate. Toussaint then issued back-to-back walks to Grandal and Yasiel Puig before finally getting Chris Taylor to ground out with the bases loaded to escape.

Bottom of 5th: Braves 5, Dodgers 5

Another 1-2-3 inning for Walker Buehler who has quietly set down 11-straight since allowing Acuna’s grand slam in the second. Ryan Flaherty pinch-hit for Fried and grounded to second before Acuna and Inciarte both struck out. Touki Toussaint is coming on to pitch for Atlanta in the sixth.

Top of 5th: Braves 5, Dodgers 5

The Dodgers battled all the way back in the fifth and once again a leadoff walk came back to haunt Atlanta. Yasmani Grandal worked a free pass from Gausman to lead off the inning. Gausman then struck out Buehler who was unable to advance the runner. However, Chris Taylor followed with a two-run home run to left to cut the Braves’ lead to 5-4. Gausman then got Justin Turner to ground out.

That would be the end of the night for Gausman as Brian Snitker emerged from the dugout and called for Max Fried to face the left handed hitting Max Muncy. Fried quickly got ahead with a steady diet of curveballs but Muncy finally connected on a high one and drove it out to right center for a solo homer to tie the game.

That would bring Machado to the plate who would drive another breaking ball to the wall in left that Acuna was able to snag with a leaping catch. It is a new ball game though as we head to the bottom of the 5th.

Bottom of 4th: Braves 5, Dodgers 2

Another quick inning for Buehler in the fourth but the Braves took some good swings against him. Kurt Suzuki lined out to Bellinger in center for the first out then Albies drove one into the right center gap that hung up just long enough for Bellinger to get to it for the second out. Culberson then struck out to end the inning.

Top of 4th: Braves 5, Dodgers 2

Gausman came back out for the fourth and gave the Braves exactly what they needed working a 1-2-3 inning. Kemp led off with a ground out to Charlie Culberson. Gausman then used his splitfinger pitch to perfection striking out Cody Bellinger and Kike Hernandez to end the inning.

Bottom of 3rd: Braves 5, Dodgers 2

Buehler settled down in the third retiring the Braves in order. Freeman bounced back to the mound to start the inning. Markakis flied to left and Camargo struck out to end the frame.

Top of 3rd: Braves 5, Dodgers 2

The Dodgers threatened again in the third. Kike Hernandez worked another leadoff walk against Newcomb. Yasmani Grandal then flied to center for the first out. Buehler then sacrificed Hernandez to second before Taylor walked. That would be the end of the night for Newcomb as Brian Snitker came out and replaced him with Kevin Gausman.

Gausman then ran the count to 3-1 before Turner singled through the left side scoring Hernandez. Acuna misplayed the ball in left allowing Taylor to come all the way around to score to make it 5-2. Gausman then walked pinch-hitter Max Muncy to put runners at first and second. However, he came right back to strike out Manny Machado with a 3-2 breaking ball to escape with no additional damage.

Bottom of 2nd: Braves 5, Dodgers 0

The shoe is finally on the other foot as the Braves exploded for five runs in the second inning. Nick Markakis worked a leadoff walk. Buehler then struck out Camargo and Suzuki. Ozzie Albies followed with a single to center. The Dodgers intentionally walked Charlie Culberson to load the bases with two outs. However, Buehler lost the strike zone against Sean Newcomb and walked him to bring in Atlanta’s first run of the postseason. The Braves weren’t finished however. Acuna worked the count to 3-0 and then took a bad strike call. He then jumped on a fastball and drove it out to left for a grand slam to put Atlanta up 5-0. Inciarte grounded out to end the inning but the Braves have a big lead for the first time in the series.

Top of 2nd: Dodgers 0, Braves 0

Newcomb worked around a leadoff walk thanks to a double play before working another scoreless inning for Atlanta. Manny Machado walked on four pitches but Matt Kemp helped bail the Braves out by hitting into a 5-4-3 double play. Newcomb then got Cody Bellinger to ground out to Ozzie Albies to retire the side.

Bottom of 1st: Dodgers 0, Braves 0

Walker Buehler gets the Dodgers off to a good start setting the Braves down in order on just five pitches. Ronald Acuna struck out, Ender Inciarte flied out and Freddie Freeman grounded out to second to end the inning.

Top of 1st: Dodgers 0, Braves 0

Sean Newcomb opens the game with a scoreless frame. Chris Taylor lined out to Ender Inciarte to start before Justin Turner reached on a base hit to right. However, Newcomb came back and got Freese to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. Braves coming up!

Pregame

Get those bats going!