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Rays and Braves keep Dodgers and Astros winless in LCS

Morning news and notes for Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020

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Tampa Bay Rays v Atlanta Braves Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

The big news of the day Tuesday was Clayton Kershaw’s back injury that led to Tony Gonsolin starting in his place. Kershaw will reportedly pitch game 4 instead.

But for Tribe fans, it was another day of wondering how hateable the offseason is going to be.

Anyways...

Braves 8, Dodgers 7

• Atlanta had a 7-0 lead in this 712-hour game.

• As Atlanta is familiar with, that big lead shrunk.

• Eventually, Mark Melancon put an end to the madness, inducing an AJ Pollock groundout for the 8-7 victory.

• Atlanta now leads this series 2 games to 0.

Rays 5, Astros 2

• A Joey Wendle/Yandy Diaz-infused rally turned a 1-0 Houston lead into a 5-1 Tampa Bay lead in the 6th.

• Back-to-back Rays were hit by pitches in that inning, 4 weeks to the day after the Indians lost in that fashion.

• Keeping with the Wendle/Diaz theme, Michael Brantley homered in the bottom of the 6th. He doesn’t usually hit them to LF.

• Jose Altuve’s case of the yips continued.

• The Rays lead the series 3-0.