The Braves were unable to add onto an early lead on Tuesday night and eventually fell to the Dodgers, 3-2.
Things were looking up as Joc Pederson got revenge on his former club with a no-doubt solo homer in the third inning. Travis d’Arnaud then plated Austin Riley with a double in the fourth to extend the lead to 2-0.
Unfortunately, that was all Atlanta would muster against Walker Buehler and the L.A. bullpen, and the Dodger bats went to work shortly after. Mookie Betts hit one just over the wall in the fourth to cut the deficit to 2-1, and a Chris Taylor sacrifice fly in the seventh tied the score at 2-2.
Tyler Matzek began the bottom of the eight with a walk to Betts, and Corey Seager promptly smacked a double into the gap to give Los Angeles the 3-2 lead. You could see the eventual outcome from a mile away, but it did not make it any less painful.
The billing of Charlie Morton against Walker Buehler lived up to the hype. Morton spun six innings of one-run ball with his lone blemish coming on a Mookie Betts solo homer. Buehler was magnificent as well, allowing just two runs over seven innings with minimal traffic on the base paths throughout.
The big scare of the night came in the 5th inning as Ozzie Albies had to leave the game after fouling a fastball off his left kneecap. Albies immediately went to the ground and stayed down for a couple of minutes before being carried off the field by the Braves’ training staff. Thankfully, X-rays came back negative and Albies appears to have avoided a serious injury.
The Braves and Dodgers will wrap up the series on Wednesday night as Max Fried is set to battle old nemesis Max Scherzer. First pitch is scheduled for 10:10 p.m. ET.