Chris Taylor’s phenomenal 3-homer play keeps Dodgers alive in NLCS – .

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Chris Taylor’s phenomenal 3-homer play keeps Dodgers alive in NLCS – .


Chris Taylor always seems to pull it off when the Los Angeles Dodgers need him most.

Taylor carved his name in the MLB history books with a three-homer game to help the Dodgers stay alive in the National League series against the Atlanta Braves, 11-2.

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Chris Taylor of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his two-run homerun in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves in Game 5 of the National League Baseball Championship Series on Thursday, October 21, 2021 in Los Angeles. Pujols scored instantly.
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

He also became the first player to hit three home runs in a game with his team facing elimination.

While starting at third base for injured Justin Turner, Taylor stepped up with Los Angeles poised to watch the rest of the MLB playoffs from the couch.

He hit a two-run homerun against Atlanta Braves starter Max Fried to give the team a 3-2 lead late in the second inning. Taylor’s home run followed AJ Pollock’s earlier in the round. He had a home run in the fifth inning – another two-runner that took the Dodgers’ lead to four.

The historic homeroom came in the seventh inning – a solo shot to give Los Angeles a 7-2 lead.

He would have a shot at hitting a fourth home run after Pollock’s second home run of the game, but he would hit trying to hit the record home run. He would finish 4-for-5 with four RBIs.

Chris Taylor of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits an RBI single in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves in Game 5 of the National League Baseball Championship Series on Thursday, October 21, 2021 in Los Angeles.
(AP Photo / Marcio José Sanchez)

No player has ever made four home runs in a playoff game.

Babe Ruth, Jose Altuve, Kiké Hernández, Pablo Sandoval, Albert Pujols, Adrian Beltre, Adam Kennedy, George Brett, Reggie Jackson and Bob Robertson have all reached the three homerun mark, according to MLB.com. Ruth did so in the 1926 and 1928 World Series.

Freddie Freeman started the Braves with a two-run homer in the first inning, but that was all the team could muster offensively. Freeman landed one of the team’s five hits.

Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman is congratulated after hitting a two-run homerun in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Baseball Championship Series on Thursday, October 21, 2021 in Los Angeles.
(Photo AP/Ashley Landis)

Eddie Rosario was 2-for-4 with one strikeout.

Dodgers starter Joe Kelly started midway through the first inning with an injury. Los Angeles used six more pitchers after him to close the game.

Fried gave the Braves 4 2/3 innings but allowed five runs on eight hits.

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The Braves are still one win away from advancing to the World Series. The team takes a 3-2 lead in Atlanta.

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