The Diamondbacks take a 2-0 lead over the Dodgers, and the Braves bounce back against the Phillies

The Arizona Diamondbacks are a win away from the NLCS.

A day after striking out Clayton Kershaw in Game 1, the Diamondbacks opened Game 2 of the NLDS on Monday with a three-run home run in the first inning against Los Angeles Dodgers starter Bobby Miller. Miller would last just 1 2/3 as the Diamondbacks held on for a 4-2 win to sweep the first two games in Los Angeles in the best-of-five series.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. knocked in the third run of the first inning and then added an insurance run in the sixth with a solo home run. Zac Gallen picked up the win while holding the Dodgers to two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings.

After an off day on Tuesday, the NLDS moves to Phoenix, where the Diamondbacks will have two chances at home to secure the series and advance to the NLCS as the No. 6 seed.

It’s a new day, a new week, and the Braves have earned their first win of the 2023 season.

The Braves were caught on Saturday against a Phillies team that was already running full speed into the playoff. The 3-0 loss marked the first time this year that the Braves were shut out at home.

In Game 2, they started slow again, falling behind 4-0, but then came back to stun the Phillies with a 5-4 win.

As for the Dodgers, they are looking to bounce back from the worst outing of Clayton Kershaw’s career on Saturday, a Game 1 defeat that saw the Diamondbacks score six runs in the first inning and three more in the second.

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