Dodgers power their way past Braves to advance to NLCS
ATLANTA—When the Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their already power-packed lineup with slugging shortstop Manny Machado, this is just what they had in mind.
Plenty of long balls. Another deep run in the post-season.
Next stop, the National League Championship Series for the third year in a row.
Machado drove in four runs — three of them with a seventh-inning homer — and the Dodgers finished off the Atlanta Braves with a 6-2 victory Monday in the NL Division Series.
Los Angeles took the bestof-five series 3-1 and advanced to face the Brewers. Game 1 is Friday night in Milwaukee.
Coming off a tense victory in Game 3, the Braves grabbed the lead on pinch-hitter Kurt Suzuki’s two-run single in the fourth.
But David Freese, the 2011 World Series MVP with St. Louis, came through again delivering a pinch-hit single of his own in the sixth off Jonny Venters (0-1), driving home Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig for a 3-2 lead with a grounder past backup shortstop Charlie Culberson after Atlanta allowed Puig to steal second uncontested.