Cody Bellinger's heroics lift Dodgers past Braves for trip to World Series


Cody Bellinger was the hero in Game 7 Sunday night as his seventh-inning home run lifted the Dodgers to a 4-3 Game 7 victory over the Atlanta Braves for a trip to the World Series.

The victory also completed a 3-1 series comeback for the Dodgers, staving off elimination for the third consecutive night. Shortstop Corey Seager was named the NLCS MVP.

It is also the third time in the last four years the Dodgers have won the National League pennant, but the team has been without a World Series title since 1988. They will face the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 starting on Tuesday.

Bellinger also appeared to hurt himself celebrating with teammates, but came back onto the field the next inning and signaled that his shoulder may have popped, but was put back into place.

The momentum began to shift for the Dodgers in the sixth inning, trailing 3-2, when Enrique Hernandez led off with a home run to tie the game up at 3.

The Dodgers appeared poised to take the lead later in the inning with Chris Taylor on third and one out when Corey Seager bounced a ball to second baseman Ozzie Albies, who fired the ball home to get Taylor out at the plate.

There were several game-changing moments throughout the game. In the fifth inning, Mookie Betts displayed his Gold Glove defense again by robbing Freddie Freeman of a home run in right field that would have given the Braves the lead.

An inning earlier, the Dodgers also turned a double play when they caught Dansby Swanson in a pickle trying to score on a ground ball and the nabbed Austin Riley trying to take third base during the rundown. Riley had just given the Braves a 3-2 lead with an RBI single in the previous at-bat.

The Braves, on the other hand, managed to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the fourth when Tyler Matzek got Max Muncy to strike out.

The Braves struck first in the game, with Marcell Ozuna ripping an RBI single to give them a 1-0 lead and Dansby Swanson homering in the second to make it 2-0. The Dodgers answered in the bottom of the third when Will Smith knocked in two runs with a single to center field.

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