LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers were deflated, decimated and desperate for one reason, any reason, to continue clutching to the fraying fringes of a season.
Chris Taylor gave them three.
Second inning, fastball, boom. Fifth inning, sinker, boom. Seventh inning, change-up, boom.
Heard enough? The Atlanta Braves certainly have.
Seen enough? The Dodgers certainly did.
Hold the eulogy. Keep the lights on. Clear your weekend. This National League Championship Series lives.
Trailing three games to one and on the verge of elimination, the Dodgers used a historic three home runs by Taylor on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium to pound out an 11-2 victory and maybe tighten those Braves’ dark blue collars.
“C-T-Three! C-T-Three!” the crowd chanted.
Unsettled, the Braves looked.
“This is why you play the game. ... These are moments we’re going to look back on for the rest of our lives,” said Taylor afterward. “It’s pretty cool.”