Caratini’s 2-run single in 11th rallies Brewers over Dodgers

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MILWAUKEE — Victor Caratini hit a two-run single off Dodgers closer Craig Kimbrel in the 11th inning, rallying the Milwaukee Brewers over Los Angeles 5-4 on Tuesday night.

“I just tried to make contact,” said Caratini, who was mobbed by his teammates after the hit. “Whether it’s a flyball or putting the ball in play, try to get at least one run in and thankfully it worked.”

A sensational catch by Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor in the 10th kept the game tied. Taylor homered in the seventh to make it 3-all.

Batting with the bases loaded and one out against Kimbrel (3-5), Caratini blooped a hit to right field that scored automatic runner Andrew McCutchen and Hunter Renfroe, who had reached on a bunt single.

Renfroe crossed the plate just a few steps behind McCutchen, who had held up to see if the ball would be caught by right fielder Mookie Betts.

“Probably gambling a little bit,” Renfroe said. “I got a good read on it. I knew he wasn’t playing back so he wasn’t going to catch it.”

The Brewers won despite getting just five hits off seven pitchers. The teams have split the first two games of a four-game set.

The Dodgers have lost two of three since a 12-game winning streak.

“When I go out there on the mound, I feel like I’m going to my job every time,” said Kimbrel, who blew his fourth save. “I have the confidence. I’m throwing my pitches but it’s just not working out. It’s going to change. It has to.”

Justin Turner‘s run-scoring single off Milwaukee reliever Brent Suter (4-4) gave the Dodgers a 4-3 lead in the top of the 11th.

In a back-and-forth matchup, the Brewers nearly won in the 10th. With two outs and two on, McCutchen hit a liner deep into the left-center field gap that Taylor caught with a flying, backhanded grab. Reliever Alex Vesia stood behind the mound and yelled.

“It’s just one of those situations where you know that if you don’t catch it the game’s over,” Taylor said. “I barely caught it. I didn’t even know I caught it until I looked in my glove.”

The Brewers jumped on Dodgers rookie starter Ryan Pepiot in the first. Christian Yelich drew a leadoff walk and Willy Adames followed with his 23rd homer.

Milwaukee starter Brandon Woodruff pitched four shutout innings before Joey Gallo tagged him for a leadoff homer in the fifth. It was the third homer for Gallo, who was inserted in the lineup in place of struggling Cody Bellinger, since coming to the Dodgers earlier this month in a trade deadline deal with the New York Yankees.

Betts followed two batters later with another solo homer to make it 2-all.

Yelich hit a solo homer in the fifth, ending his 0-for-26 slump. It was his first home run since July 2 at Pittsburgh and first at home since May 5.

“It felt good to have something positive for once,” Yelich said. “It’s been awhile since I’ve done that.”

Taylor’s solo home run in the seventh off Matt Bush pulled the Dodgers even again.

Woodruff gave up five hits and two runs in five innings. He walked two and struck out eight.

“They’re a really, really good baseball team,” Woodruff said. “That was a heck of a win. We needed that. Hopefully we can carry that momentum into tomorrow and the rest of this series.”

Pepiot, making his sixth start of the season, surrendered three hits and three runs in 4 2/3 innings. He walked five and had six strikeouts.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw didn’t make the trip to Milwaukee but has been throwing at his home in Texas, manager Dave Roberts said. Kershaw has been out since earlier this month with back soreness. . LHP Andrew Heaney, who sustained a left arm contusion after being struck by a comebacker that forced him to leave his last start in Kansas City on Saturday, threw a bullpen session on Tuesday and will make his next scheduled start on Thursday in the series finale, Roberts said.

Brewers: RHP Adrian Houser (right elbow) gave up five hits and three earned runs in a 28-pitch rehab outing with Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday. . C Omar Narvaez (left quadriceps), who began a rehab assignment with Nashville, went 2-for-4 as the DH. He is expected to be behind the plate for Nashville on Wednesday.

CLOSE CALLS

The Brewers recorded their seventh walk-off victory of the season and improved to 7-5 in extra innings. Milwaukee moved to 23-15 in one-run games.

CENTRAL DOMINANCE

Despite the loss, the Dodgers have been dominant against the NL Central, going 7-0 vs. Chicago, 7-0 vs. Cincinnati, 2-1 vs. St. Louis, 1-1 against Milwaukee and 1-5 vs. last-place Pittsburgh.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: Tony Gonsolin (14-1, 2.24 ERA) is tied for second in the major leagues in wins. He’ll be making his first start vs. the Brewers.

Brewers: LHP Eric Lauer (8-4, 3.64) has gone 6-0 with a 2.56 ERA in nine career starts against the Dodgers. Lauer will make his 22nd start of the season.

Biden praises Braves’ ‘unstoppable, joyful run’ to 2021 win

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said the Atlanta Braves will be “forever known as the upset kings of October” for their improbable 2021 World Series win, as he welcomed the team to the White House for a victory celebration.

Biden called the Braves’ drive an “unstoppable, joyful run.” The team got its White House visit in with just over a week left before the 2022 regular season wraps up and the Major League Baseball playoffs begin again. The Braves trail the New York Mets by 1.5 games in the National League East but have clinched a wildcard spot for the MLB playoffs that begin Oct. 7. Chief Executive Officer Terry McGuirk said he hoped they’d be back to the White House again soon.

In August 2021, the Braves were a mess, playing barely at .500. But then they started winning. And they kept it up, taking the World Series in six games over the Houston Astros.

Biden called their performance of “history’s greatest turnarounds.”

“This team has literally been part of American history for over 150 years,” said Biden. “But none of it came easy … people counting you out. Heck, I know something about being counted out.”

Players lined up on risers behind Biden, grinning and waving to the crowd, but the player most discussed was one who hasn’t been on the team in nearly 50 years and who died last year: Hall of Famer Hank Aaron.

Hammerin’ Hank was the home run king for 33 years, dethroning Babe Ruth with a shot to left field on April 8, 1974. He was one of the most famous players for Atlanta and in baseball history, a clear-eyed chronicler of the hardships thrown his way – from the poverty and segregation of his Alabama youth to the racist threats he faced during his pursuit of one of America’s most hallowed records. He died in January at 86.

“This is team is defined by the courage of Hank Aaron,” Biden said.

McGuirk said Aaron, who held front office positions with the team and was one of Major League Baseball’s few Black executives, was watching over them.

“He’d have been there every step of the way with us if he was here,” McGuirk added.

The president often honors major league and some college sports champions with a White House ceremony, typically a nonpartisan affair in which the commander in chief pays tribute to the champs’ prowess, poses for photos and comes away with a team jersey.

Those visits were highly charged in the previous administration. Many athletes took issue with President Donald Trump’s policies and rhetoric on policing, immigration and more. Trump, for his part, didn’t take kindly to criticism from athletes or their on-field expressions of political opinions.

Under Biden, the tradition appears to be back. He’s hosted the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks and Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the White House. On Monday he joked about first lady Jill Biden’s Philadelphia allegiances.

“Like every Philly fan, she’s convinced she knows more about everything in sports than anybody else,” he said. He added that he couldn’t be too nice to the Atlanta team because it had just beaten the Phillies the previous night in extra innings.

Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was later questioned about the team’s name, particularly as other professional sports teams have moved away from names – like the Cleveland Indians, now the Guardians, and the Washington Redskins, now the Commanders – following years of complaints from Native American groups over the images and symbols.

She said it was important for the country to have the conversation. “And Native American and Indigenous voices – they should be at the center of this conversation,” she said.

Biden supported MLB’s decision to pull the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta to protest Georgia’s sweeping new voting law, which critics contend is too restrictive.