The Dodgers opened as -152 favorites, but over at FiveThirtyEight, they already have them at -156 based on our calculations.
Rookie outfielder Cristian Pache, who was getting a start after Adam Duvall was removed from the NLCS roster because of an oblique injury, gave the Braves a 3-0 led with a fifth-inning RBI double.
In Game 2, the Dodgers found that out the hard way. Max Fried threw six solid innings, allowing one run on four hits with two walks and nine strikeouts, yet didn't factor in the decision. He punched out two Braves hitters in the process. When it's 3-0 right there, to think about bringing in one of your highest leverage relievers in a three-run deficit, it just doesn't make sense. The Dodgers, who led the majors in runs during the regular season, didn't put more than one runner on base in an inning again until they trailed 7-0 in the seventh.
Wright allowed five of the Dodgers' seven first-inning runs during his brief outing and saw his postseason ERA spike to 94.50. This will be Wright's first career appearance against the Dodgers.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Mookie Betts singled.
The Astros and Rays are playing their ALCS without fans in San Diego, and the victor will travel to Arlington, Texas, for a neutral-site World Series where tickets will be sold. Unfortunately for LA, he grounded out, and the Braves escaped with an 8-7 victory.
Los Angeles has struggled badly with runners on in this series.
Despite a lefty in Freddie Freeman coming up, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts went to Pedro Baez to escape the jam, which he wasn't able to. It was still too late and now they have their backs against the wall.
All previous 14 teams to win the first two games of a best-of-seven NLCS went on to take the pennant.
The Atlanta offense rode the momentum they found in the ninth inning of Game 1 to explode early and often offensively in Game 2. "We all know they're an excellent membership, and they're enjoying good baseball proper now, and we're fairly assured in ourselves, so there may be no less than one parallel". Having to come from behind is not easy.
"Every day it's been better", Roberts said of Kershaw's back.
As the Rays go for a four-game sweep of defending AL champion Houston in the ALCS, right-hander Tyler Glasnow is expected to pitch for the first time since starting on two days' rest in Tampa Bay's AL Division Series Game 5 win over the Yankees.
As all the time, the Dodgers have relied closely on a deep bullpen that's prepared for motion as soon as the third time by means of the batting order arrives.