Recap: Dodgers get solid outing from Bobby Miller in 8-1 win over Braves

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Bobby Miller delivers in the first inning Tuesday.
(John Bazemore / Associated Press)

Bobby Miller gives up one run in five innings and gets the win in his major league debut as Dodgers rout Atlanta, 8-1.

Dodgers defeat the Braves, 8-1

Ninth inning

Dodgers: Mookie Betts grounded to third. Freddie Freeman singled to right. Will Smith lined to center. Max Muncy walked. J.D. Martinez homered to left-center. It’s 8-1 Dodgers. Jason Heyward flied to right.

Braves: Victor González now pitching for the Dodgers. Kevin Pillar, batting for Eddie Rosario, hit a fly ball to shallow center. Heyward made a great diving catch. Ozzie Albies grounded to third. Freddie Freeman made a nice pick at first to grab a low throw from Muncy. Marcell Ozuna struck out swinging.

Final score: Dodgers 8, Braves 1

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We go to the ninth, 5-1 Dodgers

Eighth inning

Dodgers: Right-hander Michael Tonkin now pitching for the Braves. David Peralta reached first on first baseman Olson’s error. His second of the game. James Outman popped to second. Miguel Rojas grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.

Braves: Evan Phillips now pitching for the Dodgers. Ronald Acuña Jr. struck out swinging. Matt Olson flied to left. Sean Murphy walked. Murphy took second on a wild pitch. Austin Riley lined to left.

Score after eight: Dodgers 5, Braves 1

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It’s still 4-1 Dodgers after seven innings

Seventh inning

Dodgers: Right-hander Collin McHugh now pitching for the Braves. Mookie Betts walked. Freddie Freeman flied to right. Will Smith singled to right, Betts to second. Max Muncy singled off the fence in right, scoring Betts, Smith to third. The ball was hit so hard and fielded so quickly, Muncy couldn’t get a double. J.D. Martinez flied to right. Jason Heyward popped to first.

Braves: Brusdar Graterol now pitching for the Dodgers. Ozzie Albie grounded to the pitcher. Marcell Ozuna struck out looking. Orlando Arcia singled to left. Sam Hilliard fouled to the catcher.

Score after seven: Dodgers 4, Braves 1

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Dodgers lead Braves 4-1 after six innings

Sixth inning

Dodgers: Jason Heyward singled to right. David Peralta struck out swinging. James Outman struck out swinging. Miguel Rojas struck out swinging. Spencer Strider has 11 strikeouts through six innings.

Braves: Yency Almonte now pitching for the Dodgers. Sean Murphy struck out swinging. Austin Riley struck out swinging. Eddie Rosario struck out swinging. A lot of strikeouts this inning.

Score after six innings: Dodgers 4, Braves 1

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Bobby Miller is solid through five innings for the Dodgers

Fifth inning

Dodgers: Will Smith grounded to second. Max Muncy flied to center. J.D. Martinez flied to center.

Braves: Sam Hilliard struck out swinging. Ronald Acuña Jr. grounded to short. Matt Olson struck out swinging

Nice outing by Bobby Miller so far: 5 IP, four hits, 1 run, 1 walks, 5 strikeouts. He has made 95 pitches, so that could be it for him.

Score after five: Dodgers 4, Braves 1

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Dodgers lead 4-1 after four innings

Fourth inning

Dodgers: Miguel Rojas lined to right. Mookie Betts struck out swinging. Freddie Freeman popped to short.

Braves: Eddie Rosario grounded to third. Oscar Albies doubled to center. Albies took third on a wild pitch. Marcell Ozuna struck out swinging. Orlando Arcia grounded to third.

Score after four: Dodgers 4, Braves 1

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Dodgers lead 4-1 after three innings

Third inning

Dodgers: J.D. Martinez struck out swinging. Jason Heyward walked. David Peralta flied to center. James Outman struck out swinging.

Braves: Ronald Acuña walked. Acuña stole second. Matt Olson struck out swinging. Sean Murphy grounded to third. Nice diving stop by Muncy, who threw him out, Acuña to third. Austin Riley lined to center.

Score after three: Dodgers 4, Braves 1

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Dodgers take 4-1 lead in second inning

Second inning

Dodgers: Jason Heyward homered to right-center. David Peralta struck out swinging. James Outman struck out swinging. Miguel Rojas grounded to first and was safe when Olson bobbled the ball. Mookie Betts walked. The runners moved up on a wild pitch. Freddie Freeman was intentionally walked. Will Smith doubled to left, scoring Rojas and Betts, Freeman to third. Max Muncy struck out swinging.

Braves: Oscar Albies singled to left. Marcell Ozuna flied to left. Orlando Arcia flied to right. Sam Hilliard struck out swinging.

Score after two: Dodgers 4, Braves 1

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It’s 1-1 after one inning

First inning

Dodgers: Mookie Betts doubled to left. Freddie Freeman grounded to short, Betts to third. Will Smith singled to center, scoring Betts. Max Muncy struck out swinging. J.D. Martinez struck out swinging.

Braves: Ronald Acuña Jr grounded to short. Matt Olson grounded to first. Sean Murphy singled to left. Austin Riley doubled to left-center, scoring Murphy, Riley taking third on the throw home. Eddie Rosario grounded to first.

Score after one: Dodgers 1, Braves 1

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Today’s starting lineups

The starting lineups for today’s Dodgers-Braves game.

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Dustin May out until at least after the All-Star break after being put on 60-day IL

ATLANTA — The Dodgers won’t see Dustin May on a big league mound again until at least after the All-Star break.

That became official Tuesday, when the team transferred the pitcher to the 60-day injured list with his forearm strain in order to make room on the 40-man roster for their debuting Tuesday starter, Bobby Miller.

While May was initially expected to be out five to seven weeks, the delay to his timeline doesn’t come as much of a surprise. The right-hander will be shutdown for at least the next several weeks after suffering a flexor pronator strain last Wednesday, an injury that was expected to require a platelet-rich plasma injection to recover.

In the meantime, the Dodgers will turn to Gavin Stone to fill May’s void in the rotation. He gave up five runs in four-plus innings Monday night, but showed encouraging signs by bouncing back from a four-run first inning.

Miller was called up to replace Julio Urías, who went on the 15-day injured list this past weekend with a hamstring strain. After experiencing some initial bruising around the area, Urías said he has been feeling better in recent days and will throw a bullpen session on either Friday or Saturday in Tampa Bay (he also played light catch on Tuesday at Truist Park).

If all goes well, Urías could return as soon as next month’s home series against the New York Yankees.

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Marcell Ozuna responds to Will Smith’s complaint about back swing

ATLANTA — A night after Dodgers catcher Will Smith complained about Braves designated hitter Marcell Ozuna’s elongated back swing, one that hit Smith in the head on Monday and sparked an argument between the two at home plate, Ozuna offered his take on the situation before Tuesday’s game.

Ozuna confirmed to the Atlanta Journal Constitution that Smith told him to “clean up” his swing, but that he wasn’t intending to hurt someone. He also suggested Smith could back up when he hits.

Those quotes come in contrast to Smith’s postgame complaints about Ozuna on Monday, when he noted he isn’t the only catcher who has caught a stray swing from Ozuna behind the plate.

“He hit me in the head with his bat pretty hard,” Smith said. “It’s not the first time he’s done it to me. He’s done it to other catchers around the league. I just felt like there comes a point where I need to say something there. In the moment, it kind of got a little heated. It’s something he’s not doing on purpose. But you do it enough times you’d think he’d fix it.”

Smith said he particularly sensitive to Monday’s sequence because he recently returned from a concussion.

Asked if Ozuna apologied to him, Smith shook his head.

“The catcher is the one back there, he’s the one getting hit,” Smith said. “It’s my job and I’m the one wearing it. Hopefully I wake up tomorrow feeling good. Should feel good. So, yeah.”

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Despite circumstances, Dodgers believe ‘this is the right time’ for Bobby Miller’s debut

Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller throws during a Freeway Series game.
Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller throws during a Freeway Series game against the Angels at Dodger Stadium in April 2022.
(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

ATLANTA — This certainly isn’t what the Dodgers had in mind for Bobby Miller’s big-league debut.

The club’s top pitching prospect has only eight career triple A outings, including just four this season after starting his season late. His stuff is still somewhat a work in progress, too, trying to find the right complement of secondary pitches to pair with his near-triple-digit fastball.

As recently as last Thursday, as the Dodgers looked for a replacement for the injured Dustin May, manager Dave Roberts even indicated the 24-year-old right-hander wasn’t quite yet an option for a call up to the majors.

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Monday recap: Freddie Freeman, J.D. Martinez rally Dodgers past Braves

ATLANTA — The first inning couldn’t have gone much worse for the Dodgers on Monday night.

Rookie center fielder James Outman misplayed a fly ball on a leadoff double, leading to one run. Rookie right-hander Gavin Stone, called up for the second big league start of his career, yielded a three-run home run a few batters later.

By the time the side was retired, the first-place Atlanta Braves had sent nine batters to the plate, forced Stone to throw 34 pitches and surged out to an early four-run lead — one that felt close to insurmountable in front of a sold-out Truist Park.

“After that first inning,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, “there was a lot of stress.”

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Dodgers TV schedule for the 2023 regular season

Here’s a look at the Dodgers TV schedule for the 2023 regular season. All times and broadcast/streaming options are subject to change.

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