Buehler pitches Dodgers past Braves 5-3 in playoff rematch

LOS ANGELES (AP) Throwing 100 pitches for the first time this season and almost hitting 100 mph on the radar gun were only part of the reason Los Angeles Dodgers starter Walker Buehler felt more like himself Monday night.

Buehler shook off a rough playoff start against Atlanta last year, matching a season high with eight strikeouts while pitching the Dodgers to a 5-3 victory over the Braves.

Chris Taylor had two RBIs as the Dodgers extended their home winning streak to eight games.

''I was just better on first pitch is what I think was the biggest thing,'' said Buehler, who reached 99 mph with his fastball for the first time this year. ''With the way that I throw the ball, if I can get in advantage counts, it makes it tough on them.''

Buehler started the only game the Braves won in last season's NL Division Series matchup, giving up a grand slam to Ronald Acuna Jr. The right-hander allowed homers this time to Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis, but limited the damage to three runs over seven innings.

''Obviously, the two home runs kind of stink, but both of those were 2-1 counts and that was the stuff I was avoiding most of the (game),'' Buehler said.

By then, the Dodgers had built a five-run lead, scoring in each of the first three innings. After Corey Seager drove home a run in the first inning on a groundout, Alex Verdugo made it 2-0 in the second when he scored on a passed ball.

The Dodgers made it 4-0 in the third when Taylor delivered an RBI single and Verdugo brought home a run on a sacrifice fly. Taylor added an RBI double in the fifth to make it 5-0.

Buehler gave up a mammoth, two-run homer in the sixth to Freeman, his seventh. Markakis added a solo shot in the seventh, his fourth.

Buehler (4-0) permitted five hits and did not walk a batter for the first time this season.

''Wasn't putting anything, to me, in the middle of the plate. He was just hitting spots,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. ''That was really, really good. We hit some balls hard, just couldn't find a gap. That was tough. Location was so good it made us miss.''

The Dodgers made it a rough night for Braves starter Kevin Gausman (1-3), who was able to pitch after appealing a five-game suspension for throwing at Miami's Jose Urena on Friday.

''A little bit of shock, five games, but at the same point, I'll appeal it,'' Gausman said. ''We'll see. Hopefully I can get it to four and won't miss a start.''

Gausman's quick turnaround between outings came because he threw just 27 pitches Friday. He gave up five runs over 4 1/3 innings Monday, but two were unearned on the passed ball and his own throwing error in the first inning when Cody Bellinger bunted for a hit and Gausman threw the ball into right field.

''It kind of seemed like wherever the pitch was, that's kind of the direction they hit it,'' Gausman said. ''They did a really good job of staying in on the fastballs in, and the fastballs away just kind of hit them the opposite way.''

Bellinger was making his first start since Friday at San Diego when he dislocated his right shoulder and popped it back into place on the field. He continued to play in the game but had just one pinch-hit appearance over the next two games.

CLOSER FOR A DAY

With Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen getting a rest after pitching in three consecutive games, Julio Urias worked a perfect ninth for his first career save. Pedro Baez pitched a scoreless eighth.

The smooth ninth inning was a welcome sight for the Dodgers after Jansen gave up a pinch-hit grand slam to Hunter Renfroe in the ninth Sunday and the San Diego Padres walked off with an 8-5 victory.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he would prefer to use Urias for two-inning relief outings. That would presumably help his potential transition back to a starter at some point this season. But the opportunity Monday came about with left-handed hitters Freeman and Markakis due up in the ninth.

''I just felt right there that it was a good matchup for Julio,'' Roberts said. ''And really, Julio, Pedro, they are all good matchups. But I think if you put it all together, that order made the most sense.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: Center fielder A.J. Pollock said he will be out six weeks and possibly more after undergoing surgery Thursday for an infection in his right elbow that developed from a small cut on his arm during a game at Wrigley Field late last month. ... Roberts said Bellinger, after dislocating his shoulder at first base, will spend the majority of his time in right field moving forward.

UP NEXT

The Braves will send Los Angeles-area native Max Fried (4-1, 2.11 ERA) to the mound Tuesday. He has given up two earned runs or less in five of his last six starts. LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-1, 2.55) goes for the Dodgers. He has walked just two batters over 35 1/3 innings in six starts.

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  • W: W. Buehler (4-0)L: K. Gausman (1-3)S: J. Urias (1)
  • HR: ATL - N. Markakis (4), F. Freeman (7)
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N. Markakis RF41111010.331.425.512.9375.5
D. Swanson SS30100000.263.336.500.8363.0
B. McCann C30000011.302.391.472.862-0.5
E. Inciarte CF30000011.231.306.352.658-0.5
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J. Webb P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • b-grounded out for Newcomb in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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A. Barnes C40100015.221.327.407.7340.5
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J. Urias P00000000.333.333.333.6670.0
  • a-flied out for Pederson in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Baez in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - F. Freeman (7), N. Markakis (4)
  • RBI - F. Freeman 2 (21), N. Markakis (22)
  • 2-Out RBI - F. Freeman 2 (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, E. Inciarte
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Turner (5), C. Taylor (5)
  • SF - A. Verdugo
  • RBI - C. Seager (11), C. Taylor 2 (15), A. Verdugo (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Pederson, C. Bellinger, M. Muncy, A. Verdugo, A. Barnes 2 (2), W. Buehler 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - O. Albies (4), D. Swanson (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Taylor (3)
FIELDING
  • E - K. Gausman
  • PB - B. McCann (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Gausman (L, 1-3)4.17534605.001.25-4.0
G. Dayton0.20001100.001.00-0.5
S. Newcomb2.01000203.771.676.0
J. Webb1.01000000.001.052.0
PITCHERSIP
K. Gausman (L, 1-3)4.1
G. Dayton0.2
S. Newcomb2.0
J. Webb1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Buehler (W, 4-0)7.05330824.951.1027.0
P. Baez (H, 7)1.00000103.320.743.5
J. Urias (S, 1)1.00000103.551.1110.5
PITCHERSIP
W. Buehler (W, 4-0)7.0
P. Baez (H, 7)1.0
J. Urias (S, 1)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gausman 85-53, G. Dayton 14-6, S. Newcomb 29-19, J. Webb 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gausman 4-3, S. Newcomb 1-3, J. Webb 1-2
  • Batters Faced - K. Gausman 24, G. Dayton 3, S. Newcomb 7, J. Webb 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Buehler 100-74, P. Baez 18-13, J. Urias 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Buehler 3-10, P. Baez 1-1, J. Urias 1-1
  • Batters Faced - W. Buehler 26, P. Baez 3, J. Urias 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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F. Freeman 1B41121011.296.406.519.9256.5
R. Acuna LF40000021.285.385.472.856-1.0
N. Markakis RF41111010.331.425.512.9375.5
D. Swanson SS30100000.263.336.500.8363.0
B. McCann C30000011.302.391.472.862-0.5
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  • a-singled for Dayton in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Newcomb in the 8th
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a- E. Hernandez PH-2B20100000.250.328.466.7941.0
C. Bellinger RF51100021.403.476.8151.2911.0
J. Turner 3B41200000.282.377.347.7234.0
C. Seager SS32110111.234.331.359.6904.5
M. Muncy 1B20100211.250.357.491.8472.5
C. Taylor 2B-LF40220001.231.297.385.6827.0
A. Verdugo CF11010201.326.366.570.9354.0
A. Barnes C40100015.221.327.407.7340.5
W. Buehler P30000024.071.071.286.357-1.0
P. Baez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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J. Urias P00000000.333.333.333.6670.0
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  • a-flied out for Pederson in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Baez in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - F. Freeman (7), N. Markakis (4)
  • RBI - F. Freeman 2 (21), N. Markakis (22)
  • 2-Out RBI - F. Freeman 2 (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, E. Inciarte
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Turner (5), C. Taylor (5)
  • SF - A. Verdugo
  • RBI - C. Seager (11), C. Taylor 2 (15), A. Verdugo (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Pederson, C. Bellinger, M. Muncy, A. Verdugo, A. Barnes 2 (2), W. Buehler 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - O. Albies (4), D. Swanson (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Taylor (3)
FIELDING
  • E - K. Gausman
  • PB - B. McCann (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Gausman (L, 1-3)4.17534605.001.25-4.0
G. Dayton0.20001100.001.00-0.5
S. Newcomb2.01000203.771.676.0
J. Webb1.01000000.001.052.0
Total8.0953590---
PITCHERSIP
K. Gausman (L, 1-3)4.1
G. Dayton0.2
S. Newcomb2.0
J. Webb1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Buehler (W, 4-0)7.05330824.951.1027.0
P. Baez (H, 7)1.00000103.320.743.5
J. Urias (S, 1)1.00000103.551.1110.5
Total9.05330102---
PITCHERSIP
W. Buehler (W, 4-0)7.0
P. Baez (H, 7)1.0
J. Urias (S, 1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gausman 85-53, G. Dayton 14-6, S. Newcomb 29-19, J. Webb 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gausman 4-3, S. Newcomb 1-3, J. Webb 1-2
  • Batters Faced - K. Gausman 24, G. Dayton 3, S. Newcomb 7, J. Webb 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Buehler 100-74, P. Baez 18-13, J. Urias 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Buehler 3-10, P. Baez 1-1, J. Urias 1-1
  • Batters Faced - W. Buehler 26, P. Baez 3, J. Urias 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Markakis homered to center35
  • 6TH INNING
    Freeman homered to center, Joyce scored25
  • 5TH INNING
    Taylor doubled to deep right, Seager scored, Muncy to third05
  • 3RD INNING
    Verdugo hit sacrifice fly to center, Seager scored, Muncy to third04
    Taylor singled to left, Turner scored, Seager to third, Muncy to second03
  • 2ND INNING
    Verdugo scored, Barnes to second on passed ball02
  • 1ST INNING
    Seager grounded out to third, Bellinger scored, Turner to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Julio Urias pitching
    • F. Freeman: Freeman lined out to right
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Acuna struck out looking
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Markakis grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Pedro Baez relieved Walker Buehler
    • Johan Camargo hit for Sean Newcomb
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Foul, Camargo grounded out to first
    • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Albies lined out to center
    • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jacob Webb pitching
    • A. Barnes: Barnes flied out to center
    • Russell Martin hit for Pedro Baez
    • R. Martin: Martin grounded out to third
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Hernandez singled to left center
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike looking, Bellinger flied out to center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Markakis homered to center
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Swanson lined out to center
    • B. McCann: Foul, Ball, McCann grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Foul, Foul, Inciarte lined out to center
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • C. Seager: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Ball, Muncy singled to center
    • C. Taylor: Foul, Ball, Ball, Taylor fouled out to first
    • A. Verdugo: Strike looking, Verdugo grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Matt Joyce hit for Grant Dayton
    • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Joyce singled to center
    • O. Albies: Albies flied out to shallow left
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Donaldson flied out to deep right
    • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Freeman homered to center, Joyce scored
    • R. Acuna: Strike (foul tip), Acuna flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Sean Newcomb pitching
    • Enrique Hernandez hit for Joc Pederson
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Hernandez flied out to deep center
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bellinger struck out swinging
    • J. Turner: Foul, Turner lined out to right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Swanson flied out to deep center
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, McCann grounded out to third
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Inciarte lined out to center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • J. Turner: Ball, Ball, Foul, Turner popped out to shortstop
    • C. Seager: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Seager singled to left center
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Muncy walked, Seager to second
    • C. Taylor: Taylor doubled to deep right, Seager scored, Muncy to third
    • Grant Dayton relieved Kevin Gausman
    • A. Verdugo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Verdugo walked
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Ball, Foul, Barnes popped out to shortstop
    • W. Buehler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Buehler struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Freeman lined out to left
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Acuna struck out looking
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Markakis grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • W. Buehler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Buehler grounded out to third
    • J. Pederson: Pederson grounded out to first
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Bellinger grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • K. Gausman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Gausman struck out looking
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Albies lined out to first
    • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bellinger struck out swinging
    • J. Turner: Turner doubled to deep right center
    • C. Seager: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Seager walked
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Muncy walked, Turner to third, Seager to second
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Taylor singled to left, Turner scored, Seager to third, Muncy to second
    • A. Verdugo: Ball, Verdugo hit sacrifice fly to center, Seager scored, Muncy to third
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Ball, Taylor stole second, Strike swinging, Barnes struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Markakis struck out swinging
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Swanson singled to left center
    • B. McCann: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging, Swanson stole second
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Inciarte struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Foul, Foul, Foul, Taylor lined out to right
    • A. Verdugo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Verdugo walked
    • A. Barnes: Barnes singled to right, Verdugo to third
    • W. Buehler: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Verdugo scored, Barnes to second on passed ball, Strike swinging, Buehler struck out swinging
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pederson struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Foul, Strike looking, Albies singled to center
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Albies stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • R. Acuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Acuna flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pederson struck out swinging
    • C. Bellinger: Bellinger reached on an infield single to pitcher, Bellinger to second on Gausman throwing error
    • J. Turner: Turner singled to right, Bellinger to third
    • C. Seager: Ball, Seager grounded out to third, Bellinger scored, Turner to second
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)