By Sam Bush
Chris Taylor hit three homers and drove in six runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Atlanta 11-2, cutting the Braves’ lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven NL Championship Series.
AJ Pollock had two home runs and four RBI for the defending champion Dodgers, who have won seven straight postseason elimination games dating to last season. They also trailed 0-2 and 1/3 against Atlanta in the NLCS last year before rallying to win three straight at a neutral site in Texas.
“We needed to make a statement,” the mild-mannered Taylor said. “They put it on us yesterday. We had to respond.”
Game 6 is Saturday in Atlanta, where the Braves get two more chances to clinch their first trip to the World Series since 1999.