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Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 47,337

Fried, Ryu match up as Braves battle Dodgers

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Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers

  1. The Braves swept the Marlins in Miami over the weekend, giving Atlanta a 6-2 record in its last eight games. The Braves' pitching staff yielded only five runs in the three-game sweep and has allowed two or fewer runs in five of its last seven games after doing so in four of its first 27 contests.
  2. Los Angeles was three outs away from sweeping the Padres in San Diego before a blown save by Kenley Jansen led to an 8-5 loss. The loss moved the Dodgers to 10-10 on the road, but they are 12-4 at home and 7-0 in their last seven, their longest home win streak since an eight-game streak in July 2017.
  3. Nick Markakis has reached base via a hit, walk or hit by pitch 61 times this year, tied fourth most in MLB, while striking out only 16 times. The 45 more times that he has safely reached base than he has struck out is the third-best differential in MLB in 2019, behind only Cody Bellinger (+49) and Mike Trout (+48).
  4. Chris Taylor was batting .162 (12/74) with one home run entering the three-game set in San Diego but had multiple hits in all three games while going 7-for-13 with two homers. It is the fifth time in his career he has had three straight multi-hit games -- the only time he had a four-game streak was in July 2017.
  5. Walker Buehler has a 3.12 ERA (6/17.1) in his last three starts after posting an 8.25 ERA (11/12.0). He allowed one run on two hits in 5.1 innings at home against the Braves last year on June 8 but yielded five runs in 5.0 innings in Atlanta in Game 3 of the NLDS, the Dodgers' only loss in that series.
  6. Kevin Gausman, who was ejected from his last start against the Marlins three days ago, has an 8.25 ERA (11/12.0) in his last three starts after posting a 2.75 ERA (6/19.2) in his first three of 2019.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/6/2019 thru 5/8/2019

Max Fried presumably had enough time to catch his breath in advance of his start Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, although the Atlanta Braves pitcher/pinch runner will always have the memory of his peculiar jaunt around the bases last weekend.

Fried was utilized on the bases in the 10th inning Sunday at Miami and ended up scoring the go-ahead run from first base on a hit down the left field line by Ender Inciarte. Fried utilized a stutter-step at third base, a stumble coming home and a dive into the plate even though the throw home was way ahead of him.

But Fried scored anyway when catcher Chad Wallach was unable to handle the throw. Throwing his left (pitching) arm and shoulder through Wallach's shin guard wasn't the best idea, but the run scored and the Braves completed a sweep of the Marlins.

"I came around third and kind of stuttered a little bit, just kind of lost my footing, and figured the only way I was making it to home plate was launching myself forward," Fried told reporters afterward. "There wasn't a lot of thinking. It took me back to high school."

That high school was Harvard-Westlake in the Los Angeles area, which puts Fried back home for his next outing. Fried made his Dodger Stadium debut in last year's National League Division Series, pitching in 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief over Games 1 and 2.

He does have a hard-luck regular-season start against the Dodgers, giving up one run on two hits over five innings while taking the loss in a July game at Atlanta last year.

Fried (4-1, 2.11 ERA) is coming off a strong start Wednesday against the Padres and has not allowed a walk in his past two outings, but he will match up against a Dodgers starter who has no equal in the walk department. Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1, 2.55) has walked just two batters all season and leads baseball with just 0.5 walks per nine innings.

Ryu has not given up more than two earned runs in any of his six starts and is coming off an outing on Wednesday against the Giants when he gave up one run over eight innings, a game the Dodgers eventually lost 2-1.

"It's unfortunate when you don't win a game when he pitched the way he did," manager Dave Roberts said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "He had command of everything. His entire mix was really good. He was under control and kept those guys off-balance. Certainly, it was his best outing of the year."

Ryu also faced his next opponent last postseason. The left-hander got the Dodgers off to a 1-0 NLDS lead when he gave up no runs on four hits over seven innings against the Braves last fall. He is 0-1 in three regular-season starts against the Braves with a 2.95 ERA.

The Dodgers welcomed back Cody Bellinger to the lineup Monday after the he did not start in the previous two games because of a shoulder injury that occurred Friday when he was diving for a ball while playing first base. Roberts said Bellinger will play mostly in the outfield now to limit his instincts to dive.

Bellinger went 1-for-5 on Monday as the Dodgers won the opener of the three-game series 5-3.

The Braves got Ronald Acuna Jr. back to the lineup Monday after the left fielder did not play Sunday because of a sore back. Acuna finished 0-for-4 on Monday after he was 4-for-4 on Saturday against the Marlins.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 7, 2019

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