Dodgers clinch critical win over Braves 11-2 in Game Five of NLCS

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Mookie Betts #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers sits in the dugout prior to Game Five of the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium on October 21, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Photo credit Harry How/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Dodgers earned an essential victory against the Atlanta Braves in Thursday night's Game Five of the MLB National League Championship Series.

With a final score of 11 to 2, and the Braves leading in series wins 3 to 2, both teams will proceed to Game Six on Saturday afternoon.

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Spirits at Dodgers Stadium were high as the team racked up the lion's share of its runs in mid-to-late innings—staging a comeback against a strong start by the Braves with a two-run homer by first baseman Freddie Freeman.

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AJ Pollock #11 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by Albert Pujols #55 following a solo home run during the second inning of Game Five of the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium on October 21, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Photo credit Harry How/Getty Images
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Max Fried #54 of the Atlanta Braves throws a pitch during the first inning of Game Five of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on October 21, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Photo credit Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
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Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two run home run during the second inning of Game Five of the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium on October 21, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Photo credit Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Game Six of the NLCS will air starting at 2:08 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23.