The Braves walked off for the second consecutive night against the Dodgers, taking a 2-0 series lead as the action shifts back to Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Tied at four runs apiece, Brusdar Graterol took the hill for the Dodgers in the ninth only to allow a leadoff single to Travid d’Arnaud. Dansby Swanson followed with a bunt attempt and ended up at first on a fielder’s choice. Swanson advanced to second on a Guillermo Heredia groundout, setting the stage for the game-winning hit.
The Dodgers got the scoring started in the top of the first when Seager hit a 401-foot homer to right-center field, also plating Mookie Betts, who led the game off with a bloop single to left.
With Max Scherzer as the Los Angeles starter, the Dodgers seemed to be in good shape at that point, but the Braves struck back in the fourth inning when Joc Pederson hit a shot to deep right, scoring Austin Riley, who walked one batter prior.
To the surprise of just about everybody, skipper Dave Roberts pulled Scherzer after just 79 pitches with two outs in the fifth in favor of lefty Alex Vesia. The move was questionable at the time, as Vesia surrendered a single to the lefty-hitting Rosario, but Vesia worked his way out of the first and second-base jam by striking out the final two batters he faced.
Scherzer’s final line was 4-1/3 innings pitched, allowing two earned runs on four hits and a walk while striking out seven.
In the middle innings, it felt like another one of those prototypical games when the Dodgers would squander many scoring opportunities.
In the third inning, Seager walked, and Trea Turner followed with a liner to right that was brilliantly tracked down by Rosario in left. Will Smith hit a single, but the Dodgers ran out of gas after a Gavin Lux pop-out and a Chris Taylor punchout.
In the sixth inning, Taylor led off with a walk, stole second base and advanced to third on a Cody Bellinger flyout, but remained stranded after both AJ Pollock and pinch-hitter Albert Pujols struck out.
However, in the eighth the Dodgers finally cashed in when a Taylor bloop double to center scored Betts and Smith, who both walked earlier in the inning.
From there, it appeared as if the Dodgers had control with a 4-2 lead.
Nevertheless, the Los Angeles coaching staff provided fans with another surprise by running Julio Urias out in relief with a 4-2 lead in the top of the eighth. Rosario led off the frame for Atlanta with a single, advanced to second on a Freddie Freeman flyout to left, and later scored on a single to right by Ozzie Albies.
But the Braves weren’t done there. Riley followed with a double to deep right field that tied the game at four runs apiece. Urias struck out Pederson and Ehire Adrianza to end the inning, but the damage was already done.
The Dodgers couldn’t find any momentum in the top of the ninth, setting the stage for the Atlanta walk off in the bottom of the frame.
Atlanta starting pitcher Ian Anderson lasted just three full innings after allowing two earned runs on three hits and three walks. He threw 55 pitches. The Braves used a total of eight pitchers on the night.
Los Angeles used seven total pitchers after running out eight the night before.
Will Smith the Reliever collected his second win in as many nights; Graterol was credited with the loss.
The Dodgers left a whopping 20 runners on base and were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.