Eddie Rosario propels Braves to 9-2 win over Dodgers in NLCS Game 4 – .

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Eddie Rosario propels Braves to 9-2 win over Dodgers in NLCS Game 4 – .


Eddie Rosario continued his superhuman October and the Braves’ box replenished nine innings in a 9-2 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday night as the club moved to a win in their first World Series appearance since 1999.

The Braves took an early lead against Julio Urías behind back-to-back home runs from Eddie Rosario and Adam Duvall in the second inning. Rosario threw a fastball over the left field wall, and Duvall followed with a stalled moon shot.

Duvall’s heroism continued into the lower half of the second as he stole Gavin Lux to the wall. For someone who isn’t a training center player, Duvall played him perfectly in a huge spot.

Freddie Freeman, who found his rhythm in Game 3 with three hits, scored early in the third to extend the lead to 3-0. Eddie Rosario came back once again and this time delivered a triple with two strikeouts and came in to score on an RBI single from Joc Pederson. Rosario twice missed hitting for the round.

Duvall tackled Ozzie Albies with a sacrifice ball in the fifth to extend the lead to 5-0.

Drew Smyly, who threw brilliantly in the long relief, unfortunately ended up with two hitters too many as the Dodgers finally resolved him in the bottom of the fifth. After allowing Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger to strike, Brian Snitker took out Smyly after 3 1??3 work sleeves. Chris Martin allowed Chris Taylor to fly for the second out, but a well-placed hit from pinch hitter AJ Pollock reduced the deficit to 5-2.

AJ Minter was the next man and pitched two much needed scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh. He worked a perfect first inning, and after allowing a starting single in the seventh, he quickly induced a 4-3 * double play and got a deep volley from Cody Bellinger to end the threat.

* Justin Turner was in visible pain after pulling a hamstring going down the first baseline. He immediately left the game and it seems likely that his NLCS is over.

Tyler Matzek, who has made all of the Braves’ playoff games (eight) so far, entered the eighth inning and worked a perfect 1-2-3 frame.

The Insurance-seeking Braves run in the ninth, got their wish as Dansby Swanson started with just one stolen base. Freeman dropped a ball along the straight field line to extend the lead to 6-2. After a march from Albies and a strikeout from Riley, Rosario threw a three-run homerun in the Los Angeles night to extend the lead to 9-2.

Will Smith closed things in ninth.

Game 5 is Thursday night in Los Angeles at 8:08 p.m. ET. Max Fried will be on the mound for Atlanta with a chance to close the series. The Dodgers are expected to roll with an enclosure game, although it is not clear who will start the night. Presumably everyone except Urías will be available.

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