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LA Dodgers at Atlanta
When: 1:20 PM ET, Sunday, August 18, 2019
Where: SunTrust Park, Cumberland, Georgia

Adam Duvall was demoted to the minors Friday after collecting just three hits in his previous 33 at-bats, but the Atlanta Braves outfielder answered the call when recalled due to injury and has put his team in position to win a home series Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Duvall followed Josh Donaldson’s go-ahead sixth-inning homer Saturday with one of his own, helping lift the Braves to a 4-3 victory in a matchup of the two winningest teams in the National League.

When Atlanta outfielder Ender Inciarte was placed on the injured list earlier Saturday, Duvall was summoned from Triple-A Gwinnett and helped lift the NL East-leading Braves to their first triumph over Los Angeles in five tries this season. Atlanta’s beleaguered bullpen, which entered Saturday with a 7.16 ERA and four blown saves in August, gave up one run on two hits with one walk and six strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings. The NL West-leading Dodgers saw their MLB-record streak of five consecutive games with four or more homers snapped, as rookie left fielder Matt Beaty slugged his seventh longball of the season en route to a 2-for-4, two-RBI performance. Second baseman Max Muncy extended his hitting streak to seven games with his 31st homer of the season - 20 coming on the road - as Los Angeles homered twice while falling for just the fourth time in its past 17 contests.

TV: 1:20 p.m. ET, TBS, SportsNet Los Angeles, FS South (Atlanta)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers RH Tony Gonsolin (1-1, 3.21 ERA) vs. Braves LH Max Fried (14-4, 3.78)

Gonsolin will be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City for his fourth major-league appearance and third start, 13 days after he pitched six shutout innings against St. Louis with two hits allowed, one walk and seven strikeouts for his first big-league victory. The 25-year-old made his big-league debut June 26 at Arizona, allowing four earned runs in four innings, and picked up a four-inning save in his other major-league outing July 30 at Colorado. The Dodgers had planned to start 21-year-old rookie right-hander Dustin May (1-1, 2.65 ERA in three starts), but will use him out of the bullpen at some point Sunday.

Fried certainly benefited from the Braves averaging 7.05 runs in his 23 starts, but has pitched to a 1.95 ERA during his current five-start winning streak that has vaulted him to second in the NL in wins. The 25-year-old has struck out 29 while walking nine in 27 2/3 innings in that span, holding the New York Mets to one run on six hits over six innings on Tuesday after striking out a season-best 10 six days earlier in a win at Minnesota. Fried allowed four runs in one inning against the Dodgers on May 7, and in four relief appearances in last season’s NL Division Series gave up one run on one hit in 2 1/3 innings.

WALK-OFFS

1. Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts told reporters INF Jedd Gyorko, acquired from St. Louis at the trade deadline, will be activated from the injured list (lower back strain) and start Sunday.

2. Inciarte, who left Friday’s game in the second inning, was placed on the injured list with a Grade 2 right hamstring strain and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

3. Dodgers LHP Julio Urias, who earned a three-inning save Friday, began serving the final 15 games of a 20-game suspension Saturday stemming from a May altercation with a woman in Los Angeles.

PREDICTION: Braves 4, Dodgers 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
LA Dodgers 82-42 W1 48-16 34-26 21-7 22-11 36-18 3-6
Atlanta 72-52 L2 34-27 38-25 32-21 20-13 14-13 6-5
Last Meeting
LA Dodgers Atlanta
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
8/16/19 LAD 8 ATL 3 .314 4 1.127 .188 0 .516
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LA Dodgers J. Turner .474 9 1.789
Atlanta A. Hechavarria .333 6 .956
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LA Dodgers J. Turner 5 6 9
Atlanta A. Hechavarria 1 3 4
Pitching ERA Avg K
LA Dodgers 2.50 .301 33
Atlanta 7.91 .198 27
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LA Dodgers C. Bellinger .319 137 1.089
Atlanta F. Freeman .308 146 .974
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LA Dodgers C. Bellinger 41 97 94
Atlanta R. Acuna Jr. 35 103 85
Pitching ERA Avg K
LA Dodgers 3.36 .261 1135
Atlanta 4.49 .263 1057