Braves rookie outduels Kershaw as L.A. on brink

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Jeff PassanESPN


ESPN MLB insider
Author of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports”

ARLINGTON, Texas — One night after a record-setting run-scoring performance, the Los Angeles Dodgers couldn’t muster more than one hit against a rookie with seven career starts and are now on the verge of getting bounced from the National League Championship Series.

The Atlanta BravesBryse Wilson, who hadn’t pitched in nearly three weeks, threw six one-hit innings and held the advantage his offense provided off a shaky Clayton Kershaw in a 10-2 victory Thursday at Globe Life Field. Atlanta leads the series 3-1 and will have three chances at securing its first World Series berth since 1999.

A stout 22-year-old right-hander with a linebacker’s build — and mentality — Wilson previously pitched Sept. 27, the Braves’ final regular-season game, and wasn’t even named Atlanta’s Game 4 starter until Wednesday. He challenged the Dodgers all night with a variety of fastballs and was aided at times by the winds that gusted throughout the stadium, which had its retractable roof open. Aside from Edwin Rios‘ second-inning home run, the Dodgers — who had

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