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Dodgers top Braves to even NLCS and force first Game 7 at Globe Life Field

By Jeff Wilson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

Published in Baseball

ARLINGTON, Texas - The most exciting game in sports - a postseason Game 7 - is up next at Globe Life Field.

One last game is needed to decide which National League team will play in the World Series after the Los Angeles Dodgers successfully used yet another life line to stay alive in the NL Championship Series.

The winner-take-all contest will be played at 8:15 p.m. EDT Sunday.

The Dodgers evened the best-of-7 series on Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves that was highlighted by Walker Buehler's stingy pitching, another terrific catch by Mookie Betts and yet another Corey Seager home run.

Los Angeles is attempting to become the 14th team in MLB history to win a series after trailing 3-1. The excitement of Game 7 was already building moments after Game 6.

"I'm still sort of recovering from this one, but already thinking about Game 7," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "But, absolutely, that's what you live for, man."

 

Seager's homer came in a three-run first inning against left-hander Max Fried, the Braves' best starter who then did what all pitchers aim to do after putting their team in an early hole.

He shut down the Dodgers thereafter, pitching 6 2/3 innings, and gave Braves hitters more chances to chip away and kept the Atlanta bullpen from a heavy workload.

As the Braves begin to wonder if they have blown their best chance at reaching the 116th Fall Classic, they can take comfort knowing that Fried did them a great service that could tilt Game 7 in their favor.

"He regrouped," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "That was big. He gave us a chance. We just couldn't get the big hit. We're in a good spot. I like the guy we're going to pitch. The bullpen, everybody's available. We'll see what we do."

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