Dodgers rally to beat Braves in NL showdown

May 22, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter J.D. Martinez (28) reacts after a home run against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

J.D. Martinez hit two home runs and Freddie Freeman had a double and a homer to help the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers overcome a four-run deficit and beat the Atlanta Braves 8-6 in the first game of a three-game series matching the National League’s two winningest teams.

Martinez went 4-for-5 with a pair of solo shots, giving him eight for the season. It was his 20th career multi-homer game.

Freeman, who played for Atlanta from 2010-21, went 3-for-5, legging out his 18th double and launching his ninth homer, with three RBI. He extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

Atlanta starter Charlie Morton (5-4) could not hold a four-run lead. He pitched five innings and allowed six runs on seven hits – two of them home runs — two walks and five strikeouts.

Gavin Stone, making his second career start, pitched four innings and allowed five runs on five hits, five walks and one strikeout.

The winning pitcher was Evan Phillips (1-0), who worked one scoreless frame in relief of Stone. Brusdar Graterol earned a four-out save, his third.

The Braves batted around and scored four times in the first. Sean Murphy had an RBI single and Eddie Rosario belted a three-run homer, his fifth. Atlanta has scored 41 runs in the first inning, the most in the major leagues.

Martinez got the Dodgers on the board with a solo homer, his seventh, in the second.

Los Angeles made it 4-3 with a pair of runs in the fourth on Max Muncy’s infield grounder and David Peralta’s triple down the first-base line.

The Dodgers took the lead in the fifth inning when Freeman hit a three-run homer, his ninth. It was his third career homer against Morton and the 301st of his career.

Atlanta cut the lead to 6-5 with a run in the fifth. Ronald Acuna Jr. walked and eventually scored on Sean Murphy’s infield grounder.

The Dodgers got it back in the sixth on a run-scoring single by Mookie Betts and added another homer from Martinez in the seventh.

Atlanta’s Marcell Ozuna extended his hitting streak to nine games and Austin Riley picked up his 500th career hit.

— Field Level Media

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