Clayton Kershaw pitched into the seventh inning, while Enrique Hernandez, Max Muncy and Justin Turner hit home runs, as the Los Angeles Dodgers earned a 9-4 victory over the visiting Atlanta Braves on Wednesday to finish off a three-game sweep.
The victory was the Dodgers’ 10th consecutive at home, while they have also swept their last three series at Dodger Stadium and are a major league-best 15-4 in their own park. Los Angeles has also won five of its last six games overall and 10 of its last 13.
Ronald Acuna hit a home run for the Braves, who were swept one series after they swept the Marlins at Miami. The Braves were swept in a series for the third time this season and first time at Dodger Stadium since 2016.
Kershaw (2-0) gave up four runs on nine hits with one walk and four strikeouts while continuing his career dominance over the Braves. Including playoffs, the left-hander is now 7-0 against Atlanta with a 1.49 ERA and he has 103 strikeouts in 96 2/3 innings.
Hernandez gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the second inning when he went deep against Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz. It was Hernandez’s seventh home run, but just his first of the month. Muncy made it 3-0 in the third inning with his eighth homer of the season and third in the past five games.
Acuna cut the Dodgers’ lead to 3-2 in the fourth inning with a two-run shot against Kershaw. It was Acuna’s seventh home run but first since April 16. It was also his first extra-base hit since April 27.
After the Dodgers scored twice in the fifth inning to take a 5-3 lead, the Braves took advantage of a misplay by third baseman Justin Turner to score twice. Josh Donaldson’s RBI single chased Kershaw and Freddie Freeman added an RBI single against left-hander Scott Alexander.
The Dodgers took charge in their half of the seventh inning, scoring runs on RBI singles from Corey Seager and Alex Verdugo for a 7-4 lead. Turner added a two-run home run in the eighth, his fifth of the season and fourth in the past two games.
Foltynewicz (0-2) gave up five runs on five hits over six innings with four walks and two strikeouts.