Max Fried, Braves hold off Dodgers to take series

Max Fried, Braves hold off Dodgers to take series

Max Fried allowed one run over six innings to help the Atlanta Braves to a 4-2 win against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers in the rubber match of their three-game series on Sunday afternoon.

Fried (3-3) gave up six hits, struck out four and did not walk a batter.

Ehire Adrianza had two hits, Ender Inciarte drove in two runs and Abraham Almonte and Ozzie Albies each contributed RBI doubles for the Braves.

Dodgers starter Trevor Bauer (6-4) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked four.

Albert Pujols had two hits, including a solo homer, and drove in both runs for Los Angeles.

Dansby Swanson singled to lead off the second. Almonte then came up and hit a one-hop double off the wall in center to score Swanson for a 1-0 lead.

The Braves moved ahead 2-0 in the third when Freddie Freeman walked with two outs and scored on a double by Albies, his 19th double of the season.

Fried retired the first 10 batters in order before Justin Turner doubled down the left-field line with one out in the fourth. Fried struck out Chris Taylor, but Pujols dropped a two-out single into shallow right to score Turner and make it 2-1.

The Braves put their first two runners on base in the sixth before Inciarte grounded a single up the middle with one out to make it 3-1.

Inciarte added a sacrifice fly in the eighth to make it 4-1.

A.J. Minter relieved Fried with two on and no outs in the seventh and retired three straight batters. Chris Martin pitched a scoreless eighth for the Braves, and Will Smith worked the ninth, giving up a solo homer to Pujols before completing his 11th save.

Max Muncy, who leads the Dodgers with 13 home runs, did not start for the second straight game because of a sprained right ankle that occurred in Friday’s game. He pinch-hit for Bauer in the seventh with runners on first and second and two out and flew out to right.

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