ATLANTA — Extra late-night magic has the Atlanta Braves simply two wins away from the World Collection.

Eddie Rosario delivered Atlanta’s second straight walk-off hit within the ninth inning, giving the Braves a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday and a commanding 2-0 lead within the NL Championship Collection.

Rosario’s fourth hit of the sport was a two-out single off shortstop Corey Seager’s glove after the Braves twice rallied from two-run deficits.

“These guys have all the time been like that,” Atlanta supervisor Brian Snitker stated. “They’re by no means out.”

Rosario delivered a 105 mph scorcher up the center on the primary pitch after nearer Kenley Jansen relieved. Seager tried for a backhand snag, however the ball skidded off his glove into middle subject.

There was no probability to get Dansby Swanson, who raced round from second with the successful run, dropping his helmet as he crossed the plate — a digital repeat of Recreation 1 when Austin Riley got here via with a successful hit within the ninth for a 3-2 victory.

The collection resumes in Los Angeles, the place Recreation 3 within the best-of-seven collection is ready for Tuesday evening.

“All of us have that dream, that want to get to the World Collection,” Rosario stated. “That’s simply what we’re going for.”

The Braves are midway to their first World Collection look since 1999, however they’ll’t have a good time simply but.

A yr in the past, Atlanta held leads of 2-0 and 3-1 over the Dodgers within the NLCS, solely to lose the final three video games of a collection performed in Arlington, Texas, as a result of the pandemic. Los Angeles went on to beat Tampa Bay within the World Collection, whereas the Braves stewed for one more shot.

They rallied within the eighth off Julio Urias, who pitched three hitless innings to complete Recreation 7 towards the Braves final October.

Seventy-three of 87 groups taking 2-0 leads in best-of-seven baseball postseason collection have gone on to win.

“We had been up on them 2-0 final yr, so it’s like a type of issues the place you’ll be able to’t cease now, you bought to proceed to use the strain and are available out every single day and get after it,” Riley stated.

Seager and Atlanta’s Joc Pederson traded two-run homers — Pederson including to his “Joctober” lore along with his third homer of this postseason and first off his longtime crew — earlier than Chris Taylor put the Dodgers forward once more with a two-run, bases-loaded hit within the seventh.

But it surely was one other evening of wasted probabilities for Los Angeles, which went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring place and dropped to 2 for 18 within the collection.

Six outs from tying the collection, the Dodgers introduced in anticipated Recreation 4 starter Urias to guard the lead earlier than turning it over to Brusdar Graterol within the ninth.

Rosario led off with a single and tagged as much as transfer as much as second on Freddie Freeman’s flyout

Ozzie Albies lined to proper for one more hit off Urias. Rosario zipped round third as third base coach Ron Washington despatched him residence, simply beating the throw with a superb slide that prevented catcher Will Smith’s swipe.

Then it was Riley coming via once more. He ripped a double to wall in proper middle, bringing Albies all the best way round from first with the tying run as Washington made one other aggressive ship.

Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts had no regrets about turning to Urias.

“He was the most suitable choice at that time limit,” Robert stated.

Travis d’Arnaud led off the ninth with a broken-bat single to middle on a 101 mph pitch from Graterol and was changed by pinch-runner Cristian Pache. Swanson tried to maneuver Pache together with a bunt, solely to have the tried sacrifice lead to a forceout at second when Seager made a backhand cease on Graterol’s bounced, offline throw.

Swanson managed to get to second himself when Guillermo Heredia grounded out to 3rd base. The Dodgers turned to their nearer to face Rosario, who related on the very first pitch for the fifth walk-off in 23 postseason video games this yr.

Braves nearer Will Smith picked up the win with a 1-2-3 ninth, respiration an enormous sigh of aid when Trea Turner’s drive was caught on the base of the wall in left.

The Dodgers grabbed a 2-0 lead simply six pitches in towards Ian Anderson, who lasted simply three innings. Mookie Betts led off with a single, and Seager launched one over the fence in right-center to stun the raucous crowd.

Pederson introduced them again to life with one other installment of Joctober within the fourth.

With a runner aboard, Pederson related on a dangling curve from Max Scherzer for his third homer of this postseason, a 454-foot shot into Chop Home restaurant above the right-field stands.

It was the longest homer by any participant on this postseason — and the twelfth of Pederson’s profession within the video games that basically matter.

Scherzer, who had earned his first profession save within the deciding sport of the Division Collection towards San Francisco, returned to a extra acquainted position as Recreation 2 starter.

However, with solely two days of relaxation between appearances, he departed after simply 4 1/3 innings, having thrown 79 pitches. He surrendered 4 hits, two runs, one stroll and struck out seven.

“My arm was useless,” Scherzer stated. “I may inform once I was warming up that it was nonetheless drained.”

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