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Chris Taylor's massive triple play keeps the Dodgers alive in NLCS

Chris Taylor’s massive triple play keeps the Dodgers alive in NLCS

Kris Taylor always seems to come through Los Angeles Dodgers badly needed.

Taylor etched his name into the MLB history books with a three-house run to help the Dodgers survive in the National League series against Atlanta Braves, 11-2.

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Chris Taylor of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his two-time home run in the second half against the Atlanta Braves in Game Five of the National League Baseball Series on Thursday, October 21, 2021, in Los Angeles. Pujols scored on strike.
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

He also became the first player to hit three home runs in a match for his team in the face of elimination.

As he cruised from third base for injured Justin Turner, Taylor climbed with L.A. on the brink of watching the rest of MLB Posteason from the couch.

He hit home twice from the Atlanta Braves Max Fried to put the team 3-2 ahead at the bottom of the second half. He followed Taylor’s home run after AJ Pollock’s from earlier in the first half. He was a home run in the fifth inning — another two-round shot that pushed the Dodgers’ lead to four runs.

Homer made history in the seventh inning – a single shot to lead Los Angeles 7-2.

He’ll get a chance to score a fourth at home after Bullock’s second home run, but he’ll try to hit the record-breaking Homer. He would finish 4 vs 5 with four RBI.

Chris Taylor of the Los Angeles Dodgers hit the RBI in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves in Game 5 of the National League Baseball Championship series on Thursday, October 21, 2021, in Los Angeles.

Chris Taylor of the Los Angeles Dodgers hit the RBI in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves in Game 5 of the National League Baseball Championship series on Thursday, October 21, 2021, in Los Angeles.
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No player has ever scored four home runs in a post-season game.

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Babe Ruth, Jose Altuve, Kiki Hernandez, Pablo Sandoval, Albert Pujols, Adrian Belter, Adam Kennedy, George Brett, Reggie Jackson and Bob Robertson have all hit the Homer three mark, according to MLB.com. Ruth did this at the 1926 and 1928 World Championships.

Freddy Freeman The Braves started with two home races in the first half but it was all the team could muster offensively. Freeman earned one of the team’s five hits.

Atlanta Braves' Freddy Freeman is congratulated after he hit a home double during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five of the National League Baseball Championship Series on Thursday, October 21, 2021, in Los Angeles.

Atlanta Braves’ Freddy Freeman is congratulated after he hit a home double during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five of the National League Baseball Championship Series on Thursday, October 21, 2021, in Los Angeles.
(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Eddie Rosario was a 2-for-4 knockout.

Dodgers player Joe Kelly left midway through the first half with an injury. Los Angeles used six more shooters after him to close the game.

Fried gave the Braves 4 2/3 innings but allowed five runs over eight hits.

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The Braves are still one victory away from moving on to the World Championships. The team advances 3-2 again to Atlanta.