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Pujols hits 671 homers but Dodgers lose to Braves

Pujols hits 671 homers but Dodgers lose to Braves

The stellar Dominican slugger Albert Pujols reached 671 home runs in the Major Leagues this Sunday, but his Los Angeles Dodgers fell with the Atlanta Braves with a score of 4 × 2.

Pitcher Max Fried was hoping for a series win over the Dodgers, the champions of the last World Series, to remind his fans that the Braves are still a playoff team.

Back-to-back wins over rock stars Clayton Kershaw and Trevor Bauer clarify that point.

Fried on Sunday to Bauer for two of three in the first meeting between the teams since the Dodgers won the NL Championship Series last year. Atlanta beat Kershaw 6 × 4 on Saturday.

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“I just felt like we played really good baseball, complete offense, defense, pitching,” Fried said. “We were able to put it all together … This is obviously the kind of baseball we feel we can play.”

Pujols homered 671 and had two hits and two RBIs for the Dodgers. He homered early in the ninth off closer Will Smith, who regrouped for his 11th save in 11 chances.

Venezuelan Ender Inciarte had a hit and drove in two runs for the Braves (28-29), who have won three consecutive NL East titles but have been below .500 all season.

Fried (3-3) allowed one run and six hits in six innings and did not walk a batter for the first time in nine starts.

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For his part, Bauer (6-4) took the trouble by allowing three runs and six hits in six innings and equaling his season record of four walks for the fourth time. (GG) (AFP)

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