ATLANTA (AP) — Chris Taylor was sure his line drive was wrong.
A deflection by Atlanta third baseman Austin Riley changed the ball’s path – and the outcome of a dramatic showdown between the last two World Series champions.
Taylor’s double on Darren O’Day (1-2) slipped off Riley’s gauntlet when Cody Bellinger scored from third base.
“When I hit it, I knew it was going to go wrong,” Taylor said. “I’m just glad he didn’t take it. Then I realized he had shot it a bit into fair territory.
Trea Turner filled in the lead with a runscoring single to midfield.
The Dodgers, who scored two runs in the ninth to force extra into extra time, won two of the three games in the weekend series in which Freddie Freemanemotional return to Atlanta.
Freeman’ ended the series on a high note, with his double down the rightfield line to give the Dodgers a 3-2 lead from the 10th. With Turner leading off the 10th at second base, Freeman’s double Will Smith drove in the forefront. It was the second goal of the game for Freeman, who also struckout two batters.
“I’m emotionally drained,” Freeman said.
The Dodgers won the season series 4-2 and the teams will not play again — unless they meet again in the postseason after playing in the last two NL championship series.
“I don’t think I’ll be cheering once when I come back in October,” Freeman said.
Brusdar Graterol threw a scoreless 11th for his first career save.
Atlanta’s Kenley Jansen and the evaders Craig Kimbrel (1-3) each had saves against their former teams. Jansen gave up two runs in the ninth to blow up a 2-0 lead, and Kimbrel delivered the tying single to Matt Olson to put the 10th ahead.
“That’s the life of a poet,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker, who added Jansen “will bounce back. He’ll be fine. It’s not the first and probably not the last time that happens to him.”
Olson’s single to rightfield batted in Travis d’Arnaud, who led off the inning at second base.
Trayce Thompson’s two-run single off of Jansen in the ninth added extras.
“That was a decent game, a whole series,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “That was a heavyweight fight.”
Jansen’s fourth blown save in 24 chances wasted a strong start by Braves rookie Spencer Strider, who gave up only five hits in six scoreless innings to defeat Tony Gonsolin.
Jansen struckout two batters to remove one out from his second save in as many nights. He gave up singles to Gavin Lux and Taylor for Thompson’s two-run single to right field carried just over the reach of Braves first baseman Olson.
The hardthrowing Strider struckout seven without a walk in the longest start of his rookie season.
Gonsolin, who was ejected in his bid to become the first 10-game winner of the majors, gave up one run and five hits in 5 2/3 innings.
FREEMAN GIVES THANK YOU
Freeman received ovations throughout the series, including as he approached the plate in the first inning. Freeman stepped out of the batter’s box, raised his helmet and bat in response to the fans, and the cheers grew. He shook his head as if in disbelief and eventually stepped back into the penalty area before grounding out.
“I want to thank you again,” Freeman said after the game. “It exceeded all my expectations.”
Braves rookie Michael Harris II made a diving catch of Turner’s sinking midfield liner to finish ninth. He made another unlikely catch in the 11th, taking a drive from Lux to right field.
“The Harris kid in midfield, he’s a game-changer out there,” Roberts said.
Dodgers: RF Zach McKinstry (neck stiffness) was removed from the original grid. Thompson joined the lineup… LHP Caleb Ferguson (left forearm tendonitis) pitched two simulated innings for batting practice. Roberts said Ferguson is expected to throw again on Wednesday. … Roberts said IF Mookie Betts (right rib fracture) had been cleared to leave the team and attend a wedding and will not be joining the team for the next three games in Colorado. Betts, who was placed on the injured list on June 19, has not been released from baseball activities.
Braves: Ronald Acuna Jr. was unable to put pressure on his left foot after a foul on a ball of his foot in Saturday night’s game. Tests revealed no fracture and Snitker said the injury was just a bruise. … Snitker said LHP Tyler Matzek (left shoulder inflammation) “needs a few games, I think” in his minor league rehab at low grade A Augusta, which begins this week.
Dodgers: LHP Tyler Anderson (8-0, 3.00) takes on RHP Chad Kuhl (4-5, 3.95) as the Dodgers continue their nine-game road trip in Colorado Monday night. Anderson and Tuesday night’s starter, LHP Clayton Kershaw, left Atlanta for Sunday night’s game to rest and adjust to Colorado’s elevation.
Braves: After an off-day Monday, the Braves open a three-game series in Philadelphia on Tuesday night when RHP Charlie Morton (4-3, 4.84) takes on RHP Zack Wheeler (6-4, 2.77).
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