Braves and Astros approach in MLB playoffs as Giants-Dodgers heads for decider


Freddie Freeman hammered a tiebreaking homer with two outs in the eighth inning to propel the Atlanta Braves to a clinching 5-4 victory over the visiting Milwaukee Brewers in Game 4 of the National League Division Sequence on Tuesday.

Freeman’s 428toes blast to left-middle off a slider from Brewers left-hander Josh Hader helped the Braves grab the sequence 3-1 and attain the NL Championship Sequence for the 2d straight season. Atlanta lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games in 2020.

“I appropriate seen a pitch up [in the zone] and I turned into ready to salvage a fair swing on it,” Freeman said on TBS of the decisive at-bat. “There turned into no rhyme or motive to it. I turned into swinging fair all sport. I worked on stuff sooner than the sport, and I turned into ready to salvage one out.”

He later added, “I’ve had loads of cool moments in my occupation. I middle of attention on it’s going to prime them appropriate right here, but confidently that’s no longer the closing cool one and I in point of fact comprise a pair extra in these playoffs.”

The Braves will face the winner of the Los Angeles Dodgers-San Francisco Giants sequence. Mookie Betts and Will Smith hit dwelling runs, Walker Buehler pitched into the fifth inning on short relaxation, and the Dodgers forced a deciding fifth sport of the groups’ National League Division Sequence with a 7-2 victory over the visiting Giants on Tuesday.

The principle-ever playoff sequence between the longtime opponents, both 100-plus-sport winners this season, is even at two wins apiece with Game 5 space for Thursday at San Francisco.

In several places on Tuesday, Jose Altuve slugged a three-hasten homer, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman and Michael Brantley each and every drove in two runs, and the Houston Astros booked a area in the American League Championship Sequence for the fifth straight season with a 10-1 trouncing of the host Chicago White Sox in Game 4 of the AL Division Sequence.

Correa delivered a two-hasten double in the third inning that effect the Astros forward to tackle. Bregman ripped a two-hasten double one inning later as Houston won perhaps the most uncomplicated-of-5 sequence three games to 1. Brantley contributed a pair of 1-hasten singles.

Altuve, who went 3-for-5 and scored four runs, grew to turn into the sport into a laugher with his blast off White Sox appropriate-hander Liam Hendriks in the ninth. He is tied for fourth in postseason history with 19 homers.

The Astros will face the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS. Houston, who comprise developed to two of the past four World Sequence, lost in 5 games to the Red Sox in the 2018 ALCS. Houston be part of the Oakland Athletics (1971-75) because the lone AL team to attain 5 straight championship sequence.

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