They’re Back: Dodgers Stop Braves to Reach Third Straight N.L.C.S.
ATLANTA — When the Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their already potent lineup with the slugging shortstop Manny Machado, This specific is usually just what they had in mind.
Plenty of long balls, along with another deep run inside the postseason.
Next stop, the National League Championship Series, for the third year in a row.
Machado drove in four runs — three of them which has a seventh-inning shot into the left-field seats — along with the Dodgers finished off the Atlanta Braves which has a 6-2 victory Monday in an N.L. division series.
Los Angeles won the series by three games to one along with advanced to face the Brewers. Game 1 is usually Friday night in Milwaukee.
Coming off a tense victory in Game 3, the Braves grabbed the lead on pinch-hitter Kurt Suzuki’s two-run single inside the fourth.
yet David Freese, the 2011 World Series most valuable player with St. Louis, came through again inside the postseason. He delivered a pinch-hit single of his own inside the sixth off Jonny Venters (0-1), driving home Cody Bellinger along with Yasiel Puig for a 3-2 lead which has a grounder past the backup shortstop Charlie Culberson after Atlanta allowed Puig to steal second.
Machado buried Atlanta inside the seventh, launching a 1-2 pitch by the rookie Chad Sobotka over the Dodgers’ bullpen — his team’s eighth homer of the series. A free-agent-to-be acquired by Baltimore in July, Machado also had a run-scoring double inside the first.
Ryan Madson (1-0) earned the win by getting the final two outs inside the fifth to escape a bases-loaded jam. Lucas Duda hit a long drive to right in which drifted foul with two on inside the eighth against Kenta Maeda, then had an inning-ending flyout.
Atlanta’s return to the postseason for once since 2013 yielded a familiar result: another postseason defeat.
The Braves have lost in nine straight playoff appearances, their last victory coming 17 long years ago against a team in which is usually no longer inside the N.L. Since a sweep of Houston Astros in an 2001 N.L. division series, October has been a month of misery for the Braves.
Getting back to the playoffs ahead of schedule after a huge rebuild, Atlanta simply didn’t hold the experience, depth or power to stick with the power-packed Dodgers. Los Angeles had a franchise-record 235 homers during the regular season along with hit eight more against the Braves.