Braves use second straight walk-off to beat Dodgers in NLCS Game 2

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Eddie Rosario smoked a line drive single up the middle to drive in Dansby Swanson and give the Atlanta Braves their second straight walk-off win to open the National League Championship Series. Twice down two runs in Game 2, the Braves rallied to put the 106-win Los Angeles Dodgers down 2-0 as the series heads to Los Angeles.

The Braves roared to the victory with runs in both of the final two innings. It started when Dodgers manager Dave Roberts chose to use starter Julio Urias in the eighth inning — a postseason trick he and other managers have turned to many times — but in this instance it backfired. 

The lefty who last year closed the NLCS and World Series out of the bullpen inherited a 4-2 lead. Before his walk-off line drive, Rosario led off the game-tying rally with a single, then advanced to second on an aggressive tag play. A batter later he raced all the way home from second on an Ozzie Albies single, scoring with a slick slide around Will Smith’s tag to bring the Braves within one. 

And then Game 1 hero Austin Riley came through yet again, ripping a double off the wall to score Albies and tie it up.

Roberts’ decision to use Urias came a day after the Dodgers deployed eight pitchers in a bullpen game. That was precipitated by a desire to get Max Scherzer an extra day of rest after his save-earning appearance in NLDS Game 5. He allowed two runs over 4 1/3 innings Sunday, exiting after 79 pitches.

L.A, struck first on Corey Seager’s two-run homer in the first. Joc Pederson — who has been instant offense for Atlanta this month — ripped a corresponding shot off Scherzer to tie the game in the fourth. Chris Taylor had put the Dodgers ahead again in the seventh with a two-run double before the Braves’ rally against Urias.

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