Dodgers Vs. Braves Recap: Kemp Delivers In Walk-Off Win
With the Los Angeles Dodgers riding their first four-game winning streak of the season, Zack Greinke took the mound Wednesday to face the Atlanta Braves for the first time since losing to them in Game 2 of the NLDS.
Greinke retired the Braves in order to start the game and the Dodgers had Dee Gordon reach second base with one out on his 48th stolen base of the season, but the game remained scoreless after the first frame.
Evan Gattis hit a one-out double down the left field line and after moving to third on a Chris Johnson grounder, scored on Andrelton Simmons’ infield single to give the Braves a 1-0 lead. Matt Kemp quickly tied the game with a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the second; the homer was Kemp’s third of the series.
Greinke struck out two batters in the third and was matched by Braves’ starter Alex Wood. The two pitchers continued to frustrate the respective offenses into the fifth inning. A.J. Ellis hit a lead off single in the fifth and was sacrificed over to second.
Gordon’s infield single put runners on the corners with one out, but Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez were unable to drive in the go-ahead run. The Braves had two runners reach scoring position with two outs but Greinke escaped trouble by picking up his 10th strikeout of the game.
The Dodgers had runners on the corners in the sixth and came away empty for the second time as Ellis struck out, giving Wood his seventh of the game. Greinke tied his Dodger career high by getting his 11th strikeout of the game in the seventh and got some defensive help from Juan Uribe to prevent the Braves from merely putting a runner on.
In what wound up being his final inning of the night, Greinke struck out the first two batters to set a new season-high with 13. Tommy La Stella drew a two-out walk but it wouldn’t hurt the Dodgers as Hanley Ramirez snagged Freddie Freeman’s line drive.
Jordan Walden took over in the eighth for the Braves and got Gonzalez and Ramirez swinging. To that point, the two hitters had combined for five strikeouts. Kemp drew a two-out walk and Carl Crawford followed with a two-out pinch-hit single.
Uribe hit a chopper up the middle that Simmons made a diving stop on in shallow center field, but Kemp managed to score and the Dodgers took a 2-1 lead. Crawford stole third base without a throw, however it wouldn’t matter much as Walden walked Ellis to load the bases.
Andre Ethier pinch-hit but was called for strike three on a check swing. Kenley Jansen entered for a second consecutive night of work and surrendered a game-tying home run to Justin Upton.
David Hale allowed a one-out single to Puig in the bottom of the ninth but kept Gonzalez hitless as he grounded into an inning-ending double play. J.P. Howell walked Jordan Schafer to start the 10th, who moved to second on a sac-bunt.
Howell then picked Schafer off second, which was upheld after a review, and issued his second walk of the inning. B.J. Upton moved into scoring position by stealing second base B.J. Upton. The left-handed reliever struck out La Stella to end the inning and prevent the Braves by taking the lead.
Justin Turner singled up the middle to lead off the bottom of the 10th and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Kemp delivered for the Dodgers once again, this time with a walk-off RBI single.
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