Dodgers counting on Machado to push them over Series hump

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For the third year in a row, the boys in blue will be in the National League Championship Series after a three-games-to-one victory in the best-of-five NL Division Series against the Atlanta Braves.

"They played better baseball than we did", Culberson said. Both teams won division titles with one-game playoff victories the day after the regular season.

Gausman is 5-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 10 starts since he was acquired from Baltimore. He allowed just two hits but yielded five runs while striking out seven and walking three over five innings.

Freeman's homer, the first ever for the veteran first baseman in the postseason, came on the first pitch from reliever Alex Wood, who left a curveball over the middle of the plate. Toussaint tossed one scoreless inning.

Freddie Freeman put the Atlanta Braves ahead, then watched from first base as they nearly give away the lead - and possibly their whole season. Los Angeles had a franchise-record 235 homers during the regular season and eight more against the Braves, accounting for 14 of its 20 runs.

Although it took four games, the Los Angeles Dodgers handled the Atlanta Braves with relative ease in the series.

Indeed, the Baby Braves were thoroughly overmatched in their first postseason appearance since 2013, hitting.154 overall and scoring just eight runs.

Acuna connected in the second, right after Dodgers rookie Walker Buehler walked Braves starter Sean Newcomb on four pitches with the bases loaded.

Tagged at the outset, Buehler regained control as the Dodgers began their rally.

"Can't say enough about him", Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said.

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The Braves took advantage of two walks from Dodgers starter Rich Hill to go up 2-1 in the fourth. But Los Angeles did their damage with two on and two out in the sixth inning after the Braves elected to turn over the pitching duties to Brad Brach after Jonny Venters went 1 2/3 innings. An inning earlier, David Freese had put the Dodgers ahead with a two-run pinch single. The Braves had jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but the Dodgers answered with five runs in three innings.

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