MLB: Braves join Astros in World Series; Dodgers eliminated in 6 games


ATLANTA — Eddie Rosario hit a big three-run homer and the Atlanta Braves defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 on Saturday night to advance to the World Series.

With the score 1-1 late in the fourth inning, with two runners on the trails and two outs, Rosario catapulted a shot from Walker Buehler over the right field wall.

Rosario, who was named the series’ most valuable player, set a team record with 14 hits in a series.

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« Since I was a kid, I’ve dreamed of this moment, » Rosario said. Look where I am now. »

After the Dodgers closed the gap in the seventh inning, relievers Tyler Matzek in two innings and Will Smith in the ninth were perfect to help the Braves knock out the defending World Series champions in six games.

« I was out of Major League Baseball in 2017. Now I’m going to the World Series, » Matzek said.

The Atlanta squad are in the Major League Finals for the first time since 1999 and will be looking to claim top honors for the first time since 1995.

The Braves will now head to Houston to face the Astros. Game 1 of the World Series is Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

“It’s been a while since we reached the World Series,” said longtime first baseman Freddie Freeman. It’s absolutely amazing. I am speechless. »

This victory has in a way allowed the Braves to avenge their failure of last year, against these same Dodgers in the championship series of the National. The Californian team then erased a 1-3 deficit before defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in six games during the World Series.

For the Braves, it’s been a rather unexpected run. They’ve only won 88 games this season, but they still won the NL East Division title.

The Dodgers had meanwhile signed 106 wins this season, but they held the largest payroll in Major League Baseball. However, they had to contend with injuries to pitchers Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw as well as infielders Max Muncy and Justin Turner.

The Braves were expecting to face Scherzer on Saturday, but Scherzer couldn’t make it due to fatigue in his right arm. Buehler replaced him after just three days off, but he was unsuccessful for a second time in this series.

After allowing four runs and six hits over three and two-thirds innings in Game 3, which the Dodgers still won, Buehler allowed four runs, seven hits and three walks over four innings at the mound.

Buehler was in trouble quickly, giving up back-to-back doubles in the first set, to Ozzie Albies and Austin Riley. Albies crossed home plate to give the Braves a 1-0 lead.

After three quiet innings, it was the turn of the Braves starter, Ian Anderson, to put himself in trouble, in the fourth. He walked Trea Turner and singled Will Smith. Turner then hit the plate when Cody Bellinger singled to left field.

The Atlanta squad replied on their turn at bat and after two outs. Travis d’Arnaud walked Buehler and pinch hitter Ehire Adrianza followed with a double to place runners at second and third bases. Rosario got the crowd going by hitting a home run on a one-and-two strike count.

In the seventh inning, the Dodgers tried to orchestrate a comeback by manhandling reliever Luke Jackson. Chris Taylor slammed a double, Bellinger walked and AJ Pollock drove in a run on a double.

Matzek replaced Jackson on the mound and took care of putting out the fire. He needed just 11 shots to strike out Albert Pujols, Steven Souza and Mookie Betts.

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