Machado, Dodgers finish off Braves in NLDS with 6-2 win

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When he left the game, Cleveland was in front 2-1 after tagging Keuchel for two runs on a sacrifice fly by Michael Brantley and Francisco Lindor's second home run of the series.

The announced crowd of 39,586 was almost 3,000 smaller than the previous night's record SunTrust Park turnout, perhaps because of a 4:30 p.m. start time that coincided with Atlanta's notorious rush hour. Justin Verlander outdueled Corey Kluber in Game 1, no-hitting the Indians for five innings and giving up two runs before being pulled.

"He continues to amaze", Freeman said.

Former Atlanta manager Bobby Cox one-hopped his toss to the plate but still received a big ovation from the Atlanta crowd.

"You just gotta be ready", Freese said.

Freeman connected on the first pitch from former teammate Alex Wood to put Atlanta back on top.

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Rookie right-hander Walker Buehler is expected to start for the Dodgers.

Taylor connected off Gausman, and Muncy added a tying homer off Max Fried in the fifth. Mickey Mantle did it at 21 for the New York Yankees in the 1953 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers. Matt Kemp led off the inning with a double, but with one out was thrown out on shortstop Charlie Culberson's throw to the plate.

"The versatility lends itself to overcoming 162 games. and keeps guys sharp mentally and physically", Roberts said.

The attendance was 42,385, setting a SunTrust Park record in the second-year stadium's first postseason game.

Manny Machado, who was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles at the MLB trade deadline for moments just like this, and David Freese, the veteran infielder who won MVP honors in the 2011 NLCS and 2011 World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals, fueled an offensive outburst that pushed the Dodgers to the National League Championship Series. He pitched two scoreless innings in relief of starter Mike Foltynewicz in Thursday's opener. If he gets going with Acuna, the Braves chances of coming back and taking the series improve immensely. Machado (2-for-5 with 4 RBI) blasted a three-run shot in the seventh inning to finish off Atlanta for good, and the Dodgers head to Milwaukee after a 6-2 victory in Game 4 and 3-1 NLDS win. "We're not going to stop till we get what we want".

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