Dodgers power their way past Braves to ad­vance to NLCS

StarMetro Edmonton - - SPORTS - Paul Newberry

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.

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