Braves drop first game of playoff series to Dodgers, 6-1 - CBS46 News

Braves drop first game of playoff series to Dodgers, 6-1

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The Atlanta Braves stumbled out of the gate in their first Division Series playoff game since 2010, losing to the Dodgers at Turner Field Thursday night, 6-1.

The Braves were held to just five hits by Dodgers' pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who settled down after piling up a high pitch count in the first five innings. He wound up throwing seven innings, allowing just one run while striking out 12 Braves batters.

On the other side, Braves' pitcher Kris Medlen suffered through one of the worst outings of his season. After Medlen struck out all three Dodgers he faced in the first inning, Los Angeles began finding holes in the Atlanta defense in the second, third and fourth innings. Over that stretch, Medlen allowed five runs on nine hits, including a home run to Adrian Gonzalez in the third inning.

At the plate, the Braves were never able to find a rhythm against Kershaw.

Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez chalked part of the disappointing night up to the jitters that come with being in the playoffs for the first time.

"It's maybe a combination of guys being a little overamped," said Gonzalez. "I thought offensively, we had a game plan against Kershaw, we just couldn't get the big hit. We were patient at the plate. He never gave us an opportunity. He made some pitches."

Game two of the best-of-five Division Series is set for 6 p.m. Friday at Turner Field. Mike Minor will take the mound for Atlanta, while Zack Greinke will pitch for the Dodgers.

The series will move to Los Angeles for game three on Sunday night.

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