Braves vs Dodgers score: Atlanta takes NLCS lead as Marcell Ozuna, Bryse Wilson star in Game 4 wins

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The Atlanta Braves took a 3-1 lead in the best of seven National League championships. The Braves beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 10-2, in Game 4 Thursday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Behind a stellar outing from rookie starter Bryse Wilson and a six-point sixth inning, the Braves took advantage of the series.The Dodgers blew up the Braves in Game 3 after being stopped in Game 1 and failing in a late rally in Game 2. Now their loss in Game 4 puts their 2020 season on the line. -or-home for the Dodgers on Friday night. The Braves, meanwhile, are now one win away from their first NL pennant since 1999.

The fourth NLCS game on Thursday night also featured players facing extremely strong winds throughout the game. Here’s why Major League Baseball officials decided to keep Globe Life’s retractable roof open on windy days.

Now, some takeaways from NLCS 4 game.

Wilson gives the Braves a well-deserved outing

The Braves sent right-hander Bryse Wilson to the mound for Game 4 on Thursday. With the Atlanta relievers’ pen reeling from Game 3, the club desperately needed Wilson to eat a few innings. Wilson did more than just eat innings, he dominated a powerful Dodgers lineup. Upon leaving, the rookie pitched six solid innings on 74 pitches of which 50 were called strikes. He gave up only one point on a stroke (a solo homer by Edwin Rios) and struck out five. He walked one.

Wilson relied on his fastball, and with good reason. It’s disgusting:

He recorded a 31 percent call rate called strike plus odor (CSW) on his four-seamer.

The 22-year-old has found himself as an odd man facing Braves 1-2-3 punch from Max Fried, Ian Anderson and Kyle Wright in their playoff rotation at this point. But with that start – his first playoff career debut – he’s certainly a determining factor if the Braves are to progress.

Dodgers offense is silent

What difference does a day make, eh? After appearing to never stop scoring points in their victory in Game 3, the Dodgers only managed two runs on three hits in their loss in Game 4. For a Dodgers roster that was consistently good during the regular season, they’ve been incredibly hot and cold in this year’s NLCS. When they lost in Game 4, third baseman Justin Turner was the only Dodgers hitter to get things to the top of the roster. Mookie Betts, Corey Seager, Max Muncy and Joc Pederson all finished the game without winning a shot. They threatened at the top of the seventh inning, but ultimately failed to close the gap.

Kershaw takes first career loss to the Braves

It seems that every time the Dodgers send Clayton Kershaw to start a postseason game, the collective baseball world holds its breath. Kershaw’s playoff history is inconsistent. In his delayed start (he was scratched in Game 2 due to back spasms), Kershaw looked relatively good. With the game tied 1-1 thanks to a pair of home runs from Rios and Marcell Ozuna, things started to fall apart in the sixth inning. Two points were abandoned by Kershaw and Brusdar Graterol, who came to inherit two runners without a withdrawal, gave up three others. By the time things ended, the bottom of the sixth inning – which lasted 35 minutes – saw the Braves score six runs. In a short summary, that pretty much sums it up:

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts probably should have eliminated Kershaw before facing Marcell Ozuna (who hit an RBI brace against Kershaw), and the Dodgers offense needed to give Kershaw more support. Kershaw won his first career loss against the Braves; he had never lost to Atlanta in the regular season or playoffs before.

Here’s a stat that Kershaw is now sadly associated with: He gave up three hits in the sixth inning or later since the 2013 playoffs. That ties him to Justin Verlander for the second-highest number ever in that span. Up close, Aroldis Chapman gave up more, with five playoff hits to his name.


CBS Sports has been with you throughout Game 4, providing live updates and analysis throughout the game. You can relive the action below.

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