LOS ANGELES (AP) — Julio Urías earned his major league-leading 15th victory and the Los Angeles Dodgers slugged four homers to beat Atlanta 5-3 Monday night, ending the Braves’ franchise-record 13-game road winning streak.
Mookie Betts homered on his bobblehead night after catching a ceremonial first pitch from his mother. Max Muncy, Will Smith and Corey Seager also went deep to help the Dodgers close within 1 1/2 games of first-place San Francisco in the NL West.READ MORE: LAUSD Hosts COVID Vaccine Clinics Ahead Of Deadline For Employees
Freddie Freeman, Jorge Soler and Adam Duvall homered for NL East-leading Atlanta.
The Braves brought the potential go-ahead run to the plate in the ninth inning. With one out, Travis d’Arnaud singled and Dansby Swanson’s followed with a broken-bat single off Blake Treinen.
But Duvall took a called third strike and pinch-hitter Stephen Vogt flied out to center to end it, earning Treinen his fifth save.
Urías (15-3) retired his first 12 batters before the Braves finally broke through in the fifth. Third baseman Justin Turner made a diving, backhand stop on Austin Riley’s shot, but Muncy couldn’t handle the short-hop throw, giving Atlanta its first hit. Duvall later singled with two outs.
In the sixth, Urías gave up back-to-back, two-out solo homers to Soler and Freeman. Duvall homered off Phil Bickford in the seventh, leaving the Braves trailing 5-3.READ MORE: Proof Of Vaccination Must Be Shown With Photo ID To Get Into LA County Indoor Events Of 1,000 Or More Attendees
Urías allowed two runs and four hits in six innings. The left-hander struck out seven without a walk. He’s unbeaten in his last 11 starts, and helped himself with a single leading off the second.
After managing just three hits in a 5-0 loss to Colorado on Sunday, the Dodgers pounded out eight hits and scored five runs by the third inning against the Braves.
Muncy hit his 29th homer off Drew Smyly (9-4) in the first. Smith went deep for his 22nd homer with two outs in the second, his fourth homer in five games.
The Dodgers extended their lead to 5-0 in the third. Betts led off with his 18th homer and Seager added a two-run drive hitting in the sixth spot for the first time this season.
Smyly gave up five runs and nine hits, struck out five and walked none. The left-hander lost for the first time since May 26 at Boston. He’d gone 14 straight starts without a defeat.MORE NEWS: Angeles National Forest To Reopen Thursday After Three-Week Closure
The three-game set with Atlanta is a rematch of last year’s NL Championship Series, won in seven games by the Dodgers. They went on to beat Tampa Bay in six games for their first World Series title in 32 years.