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Shohei Ohtani homers twice as Dodgers beat Braves in 5-1 win – NBC Los Angeles

Shohei Ohtani went 4 for 4 with two home runs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Atlanta Braves 5-1 on Sunday afternoon to snap the three-game series.

Ohtani launched a Braves hanging curveball and booted Max Fried 450 feet over the center-field fence for a two-run home run in the first inning.

He added a pair of singles in the third and sixth before opening the eighth inning with a 400-foot blast off reliever AJ Minter deep in the left-center field stands.

It was Ohtani’s first multihomer game with the Dodgers and the 17th of his career. His four hits also tied a career-high. He is now tied for the Major League lead with 10 home runs this season.

Teoscar Hernandez added a two-run homer and James Paxton picked up a shutout in the seventh inning for the Dodgers. Paxton (4-0) finished with 6 2/3 innings pitched, five hits and one run allowed, two walks and three strikeouts, leaving him undefeated on the season.

Marcell Ozuna homered for the Braves, who have lost five of their last six. Fried (2-1) pitched seven innings, allowing four hits and four runs, walking three and striking out seven.


Dodgers: RHP Evan Phillips was placed on the 15-day injured list retroactive to Saturday due to a right hamstring strain. RHP Blake Treinen was activated from the 15-day IL after missing the start of the season with a bruised lung and broken ribs.


Braves: RHP Reynaldo Lopez (2-1, 1.50 ERA) starts the opener of a two-game series against Boston on Tuesday.

Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (0-0, 0.00) makes his first start since June 2022 on Monday in the opener of a three-game series against Miami.