Dodgers Win NLDS, Advance to NL Championship Series

posted by City News Service - 

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles Dodgers advanced to the National League Championship Series for the third consecutive season with a 6-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves today in Cumberland, Georgia. 

The three-games-to-one victory in the best-of-five NL Division Series means the Dodgers will face the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLCS, beginning Friday in Milwaukee. Manny Machado drove in four runs with a seventh-inning three-run homer and first-inning double at SunTrust Park. 

Ryan Madson, the second of six Dodger pitchers, was credited with the victory, retiring both batters he faced in the fifth in relief of starter Rich Hill. Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth to clinch the win, striking out the final two batters. 

Jonny Venters, the second of seven Atlanta pitchers, was charged with the loss, allowing two runs and two hits in 1 2/3 innings in relief of starter Mike Foltynewicz.

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