ATLANTA, GA—The Los Angeles Dodgers could not close the series, as they fell to the Atlanta Braves 6-5 on Sunday, October 7.
The Braves scored most of their points in the bottom of the second inning. Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler walked pitcher Sean Newcomb, allowing Markakis to score. Later in the inning, left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a 414 foot grand slam. Second baseman Ozzie Albies, shortstop Charlie Culberson, and pitcher Sean Newcomb all scored. The Braves led 5-0.
The Dodgers fired back in the top of the third inning when third baseman Justin Turner hit a single to the left that allowed utility player Kike Hernandez and outfielder/infielder Chris Taylor to score, brining the game within 3 runs for the Dodgers, 5-2.
In the top of the fifth inning, Los Angeles would tie the game. First, Taylor hit a two-run homer to the left. Catcher Yasmani Grandal also scored and then, first baseman Max Muncy tied the game with a home run to the right center.
The game was not tied for long, though. In the bottom of the sixth inning, first baseman Freddie Freeman hit a home run to the right to break the tie. Los Angeles would not score for the remainder of the game, giving Atlanta the victory 6-5.
Although it was a disappointing loss for the Dodgers, they have another chance to close out the series on Monday, October 8 in Atlanta. If the Braves win another game, the winner of Game 5 will advance to the next round in the playoffs.