Chris Taylor's three homers lift Dodgers to win 5-3 over Braves
June 27, 2022
Chris Taylor thought his line drive hit the foul line when third baseman Austin Riley's deflection changed the trajectory of the ball. But it cost the Atlanta Braves two runs, preserving the victory for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Taylor had three hits, including a game-winning double in the eleventh inning, as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves.
Taylor's double off of Atlanta's Darren O'Day went off the glove of Riley, allowing Cody Bellinger to score from third base. The 31-year-old thought his line drive hit the foul line, but he eventually realized it was in the fair territory.
"When I hit it, I knew it was going to hook foul," said Taylor. "I'm just glad he didn't catch it. Then I realized he kind of hit it into fair territory."
Trea Turner leads with single run-scoring
Trea Turner's RBI single gave the Dodgers a two-run lead in the ninth inning. The victory was Los Angeles's second in the three-game series, featuring the emotional return of former Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman.
The series ended on a high note for the Dodgers after Freeman's RBI double in the 10th inning gave Los Angeles a 3-2 lead. It was his second game hit, and it drove in the go-ahead run. He said that he was emotionally drained after his second hit of the game.
The Dodgers won the season series with the Atlanta, 4-2. Unless they meet in the playoffs, the teams will not play again. Freeman, who played for the Atlanta for 13 years before he was traded to the Dodgers, said that he doesn't expect to see much of a cheering section if they meet again in October.
"I don't think I'll have one cheer if I come back in October," said Freeman.
Brusdar Graterol making first career save
Brusdar Graterol, making his first career save, struck out the side in the 11th inning. The Dodgers' Craig Kimbrel and Atlanta's Kenley Jansen blew saves against their former teams. Kimbrel gave up two runs in the ninth, and in the 10th, he allowed Matt Olson's single to tie the game.
Brian Snitker, the manager of Atlanta, said that despite the loss, Jansen will bounce back. He noted that this is not the first time he has experienced a similar situation this season.
Olson's single to right field scored Travis d'Arnaud, who started the inning on second base.
After Trayce Thompson's two-run single off of Jansen in the ninth inning gave Atlanta a two-run lead, the game went to extra innings. Dave Roberts, the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, called the game a heavyweight battle.
Jansen's fourth blown save of the season cost Atlanta a chance to win the game. Spencer Strider, who was making his first major league start, had allowed only five hits in six innings.
In the ninth, Jansen had recorded two outs and was one away from his second save of the night. After walking Taylor and Gavin Lux, Thompson hit a two-run single to right field.
In his first major league start, the hard-throwing Strider threw seven scoreless innings. Unfortunately for Atlanta, their starting pitcher, Matt Gonsolin, was denied his chance to win his 10th game of the season.