Game Recap: Braves fall short against Dodgers in series finale

The Atlanta Braves offense fell short on Sunday, but Atlanta still managed to take three of four games from Los Angeles to close out a 10-game west coast road trip

Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers
Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers / Harry How/GettyImages

The Atlanta Braves who are normally a high-powered offense were mostly shut down on Sunday, with the Dodgers sneaking past the Braves in Los Angeles with a 3-1 win.

With the loss, the Braves record now stands at 90-46, while the Dodgers jump to 84-52.

The afternoon started as a pitching duel between starters Charlie Morton and Bobby Miller, each throwing four scoreless innings with the Braves managed just two hits in that stretch. Morton would get chased off in the fifth inning by back to back RBI hits from Miguel Rojas and Mookie Betts. Dylan Lee made his first appearance for the Braves since mid-May, and got the Braves out of the jam with just the two runs.

Morton, who posted a 0.38 ERA over his last four starts, made his shortest start since going 3.2 innings on July 25.

Atlanta broke through in the seventh-inning with Matt Olson hammering a ball over the wall in right, his first home run since August 13. The solo shot trimmed the Dodgers lead to 2-1.

Los Angeles got a much-needed insurance run in the bottom of the 8th inning, after James Outman dribbled a single up the middle past Ben Heller to extend the lead to 3-1.

The Braves offense was limited to just five hits, only getting runners into scoring position three times on the afternoon. Ronald Acuña Jr. ended the series going 0-4 after hitting a home run in the previous three games of the series.

Atlanta had a chance to force extras in the ninth inning, after Ozzie Albies drew a lead-off walk. Austin Riley went up 2-0 on Brusdar Graterol, before grounding into a double play to put Atlanta on the brink. Matt Olson dropped a single into left before Marcell Ozuna struck out to end the afternoon.

The Braves have Monday off, ending a long 10-game west-coast road trip. Atlanta returns to Truist Park on Tuesday to kick off a six-game home stand. First-pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. ET.