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LA Dodgers1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 450
Atlanta0 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 x 6114
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  W: C. Morton (5-2)   L: C. Kershaw (7-5)   S: W. Smith (10)
4:15 PM PT5:15 PM MT6:15 PM CT7:15 PM ET19:15 ET23:15 GMT7:15 4:15 PM MST6:15 PM EST6:45 PM VEN3:15 UAE (+1)5:15 PM CT, June 5, 2021
Truist Park, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 41,136

Dodgers look to stay hot vs. Braves

According to STATS
According to STATS

Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves

  1. LA came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat Atlanta in last year's NLCS en route to winning its first World Series since 1988. The Dodgers are 7-5 all-time at Truist Park, including splitting two games in the 2018 NLDS, but dropped two of three in their last visit in August 2019.
  2. The Dodgers scored 11 first-inning runs in their 14-3 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday, their most in any inning since moving to Los Angeles in 1958.
  3. Atlanta split its four-game series with Washington, allowing four combined runs in the two wins compared to 16 in the two losses. For the season, the Braves are limiting opponents to 2.5 runs per game in wins compared to 7.1 in losses -- that is the largest split in the majors.
  4. Cody Bellinger is the third Dodger in the live-ball era with at least 500 hits and 100 home runs prior to turning 26 years old, along with Duke Snider and Adrian Beltre.
  5. Since last season, Ronald Acuna Jr. has scored 59 runs and hit 21 home runs at Truist Park. His 59 runs are 11 more than any other player at their home park (Dansby Swanson ranks second with 48) and his 21 homers are four more than any other player.
  6. Ian Anderson started Games 2 and 7 against LA in last year's NLCS, allowing two runs over 7.0 combined innings. He is 4-1 with a 2.16 ERA in nine career starts at Truist Park (incl. postseason). In his only career start against Atlanta in Game 3 of last year's NLCS, Julio Urias allowed one run over 5.0 innings. He is 4-1 with a 2.53 ERA on the road this year.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/4/2021 thru 6/6/2021

The Los Angeles Dodgers vie for their third consecutive win on Saturday night when they visit the Atlanta Braves.

The Dodgers, who defeated the Braves in the 2020 National League Championship Series, posted a 9-5 victory in the opener of the three-game series on Friday. Los Angeles plated eight runs in the fifth inning on just three hits en route to recording its 16th win in 22 games.

Atlanta, conversely, has dropped five of its last seven games.

Aside from the playoffs, the two teams did not meet during the 2020 regular season. Atlanta is trying to win a season series against the Dodgers for the first time since 2013.

On Friday night, the Braves had a 1-0 lead going into the fifth inning with Ian Anderson not allowing a hit. A one-out walk and a double opened the floodgates for Anderson, who was charged with four runs in 4 1/3 innings.

"Those three-ball counts add up over the course of time," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said of Anderson, who tossed 98 pitches. "He left with one hit ... he was pretty good and he pretty much just ran out of pitches. If he had a normal amount of pitches, he could have kept going. Twenty fewer pitches and it's his inning to put down."

Los Angeles will start left-hander Clayton Kershaw (7-4, 3.33 ERA), who took the loss in his previous start against the Giants.

In that game, Kershaw gave up five runs on seven hits in six innings in the Dodgers' 5-4 setback. San Francisco scored three runs in the first inning and added a solo run in the fourth and fifth, respectively.

"It wasn't great," Kershaw said after the loss. "Obviously, when you start the game like that in the first inning and you give up three runs, it's tough to come back. I put the team in a tough spot today in the first and wasn't able to make up for it."

Kershaw has found plenty of success against the Braves over his career. He is 5-0 with a 1.78 ERA in 11 regular-season outings.

Kershaw did lose his last start against Atlanta in Game 4 of the 2020 NLCS, giving up four runs on seven hits in five innings of an eventual 10-2 loss.

Atlanta will counter with right-hander Charlie Morton (4-2, 4.26), who owns a 0-1 with a 6.55 ERA in two career starts versus the Dodgers. He has yielded 11 runs on 16 hits.

Morton won his second straight start overall on Monday after allowing three runs on six hits in five innings of a 5-3 victory over the Washington Nationals.

The Dodgers may be without first baseman Max Muncy, who left Friday's game with right ankle soreness after trying to beat out a double play in the fourth inning. Matt Beaty replaced Muncy in the game on Friday.

Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said that Muncy is day-to-day and will be evaluated on Saturday.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 5, 2021

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