The Los Angeles Dodgers entered Sunday’s three-game series finale looking to sweep the Atlanta Braves, and extend their home winning streak to seven games. Their six-game home winning streak was the club’s longest since they won eight straight last April.
Chase d’Arnaud pulled a one-out double down the third base line with one out in the first inning. Scott Kazmir got Freddie Freeman swinging, but Jeff Francoeur followed with an RBI double to give the Braves a 1-0 lead.
Nick Markakis added an RBI single before Kazmir could get out of the inning. The Dodgers mounted a two-out rally on Matt Wisler in the bottom of the frame, beginning with a Trayce Thompson single up the middle.
He then raced around to score from first base on an Adrian Gonzalez double to center field. Howie Kendrick tied the game with an RBI single to center. Kazmir shook off the rocky first inning and retired the Braves in order in the second.
That led to Kiké Hernandez hitting a solo home run in the bottom half of the inning to give the Dodgers a 3-2 lead. Kazmir picked up a pair of strikeouts and worked around a two-out walk in the third to keep the Dodgers’ lead intact.
Trayce Thompson drew a leadoff walk and went from first to third base with one out int he bottom of the third on a Kendrick base hit to right field. After Joc Pederson hit an RBI single, Yasmani Grandal clubbed a three-run homer to push the Dodgers’ lead to 7-2.
The home run was Grandal’s fifth this season and first since May 25.
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