Braves return home needing win vs LA to extend NLDS

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Clayton Kershaw went eight shutout innings, and Manny Machado and Yasmani Grandal hit home runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers took a commanding lead in the National League Division Series with a 3-0 victory Friday over the visiting Atlanta Braves.

Kershaw was 9-5 with a 2.73 ERA during the regular season, fourth in the NL.

The game actually started on a decent note, with leadoff hitter Ronald Acuna Jr. rocketing a Kershaw offering to deep left-center field and cruising into second base for the double. Roberts said it was done to give both Ryu and Kershaw five days of rest between starts.

In his first start of the 2016 NLDS, Kershaw pitched five innings allowing eight hits and three earned runs.

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"Back then (in 2015), I made a decision to have shoulder surgery, obviously so that I could be back on the mound again", Ryu said. "He was doing what he wanted to do". The Braves have scored three or more runs just once in their past six.

Statistics indicate pitchers are less effective the third time they face the opposing lineup. They had a 17-9 June record, a 16-10 record in July and an 18-9 record to close out the season in September. Dodger pitchers struck out 11 batters. Muncy led the Dodgers with 35 home runs in the regular season. He drove in Joc Pederson, who was hit by a pitch on a 1-2 slider with two outs, and Justin Turner, who walked.

"I think everyone knows we have our hands full", said Freeman, who was 1 for 4. All you have to do is stroll through social media and every time Kershaw gets mentioned for pitching a good game, the doubters quickly tarnish his performance with negative comments relating to his past playoff experiences. These matchups over the first two games screamed disaster for a free-swinging young team like the Braves and we may have overlooked it. It concluded when he gave up four runs and six hits in five innings, including two home runs, in a 4-1 loss to the Dodgers. "It was kind of somewhat all right pitch, like a ball outside out over the plate".

The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Dodger scout Mike Brito who is credited with helping sign Fernando Valenzuela, Yasiel Puig and Julio Urias. Puig was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and a walk on Thursday night. The Braves got nothing going offensively and could only watch while the Dodgers sluggers launched multiple homers.

Hernandez hit a solo shot with two outs in the sixth off Brad Brach.

Relievers Caleb Ferguson, Alex Wood and Dylan Floro completed the shutout. A single from Charlie Blackmon allowed Parra to score.

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