Chris Taylor wasn’t going to let the Dodgers go home without putting up a fight.
Taylor hit three home runs in a critical Game 5 matchup in the National League Championship Series with the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium to give them a huge 7-2 lead through the first seven innings of the night.
Taylor is now just the 11th player in MLB history to have a three-home run game in the postseason, and the first since Kike Hernandez did so for the Dodgers in 2017 against the Chicago Cubs.
It looked like the Braves were going to pick up right where they left off on Thursday after their dominant 9-2 win in Game 4. Freddie Freeman hit a deep shot to centerfield in the first inning that put them up 2-0 almost instantly.
Dodgers starter Joe Kelly left in the middle of that first inning, too, due to right bicep tightness.
The next inning, however, the Dodgers hit back. A.J. Pollock hit a homer to left off of Braves pitcher Max Fried, and then Taylor hit a similar shot of his own to bring in Pujols and take a 3-2 lead.
Taylor — after hitting an RBI single in the third to push their lead — hit another two run blast in the fifth, which gave the Dodgers a huge 6-2 lead.
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Taylor hit a third homer off of Dylan Lee to give them a five-run lead.
The Dodgers trailed Atlanta 3-1 in the series headed into Thursday’s game.
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Source: Yahoo Sports