Although their performance was not overly spectacular on Saturday, the Dodgers did just enough to defeat the Braves in Game 6 of the NLCS, walking away with a 3-1 victory and forcing a deciding Game 7 on Sunday.
Despite the lack of fireworks, there were a few very exciting moments in the first inning when Corey Seager and Justin Turner hit back-to-back homers to put Los Angeles in front early. Three batters later, Cody Bellinger drove in Max Muncy with a sharp liner to right, boosting the Dodgers to a 3-0 lead.
It was just the fourth time in MLB history that a team hit consecutive home runs in the first inning of an elimination game.
Righty starter Walker Buehler was mostly sharp for the Dodgers, although he ran into a few jams in which he eventually bailed himself out.
In the fourth, Atlanta put runners on first and second with a pair of Travis d’Arnaud and Dansby Swanson singles, but Buehler worked his way out of another jam after inducing a Riley lineout and a Markakis groundout.
The Braves threatened again in the fifth when Marcell Ozuna launched a deep drive to right with one aboard, but Mookie Betts came up with a grab that was one of the most magnificent plays of the postseason.
In all, Buehler tossed six full scoreless innings, scattering seven hits with no walks while striking out seven. It was Buehler’s third career postseason start with at least 6.0 IP and no runs allowed, tying Clayton Kershaw for the most in Dodgers history. Buehler threw 89 pitches.
Aside from the first inning, Atlanta starter Max Fried was effective once he finally settled down. The lefty threw 6-2/3 frames, allowing three earned runs on eight hits and four walks.
Relieving Buehler in the seventh, Blake Treinen surrendered a run after a Markakis triple and a Ronald Acuna, Jr. double, but he worked out of further damage by striking out Freddie Freeman and inducing an Ozuna flyout.
Jansen threw just six pitches, all of which were strikes.
First pitch is set for 8:15 p.m. Eastern time.