Dodgers earn series sweep of Braves

Dodgers earn series sweep of Braves

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.

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