Muncy’s three-homer game propels Dodgers to blowout win over Braves

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The Dodgers bats were alive and well — mainly thanks to Max Muncy — as they handed Atlanta its second-largest loss of the season.

LOS ANGELES — Third-baseman Max Muncy slugged three home runs while right-hander Tyler Glasnow dominated his start, helping the Dodgers handle the Braves 11-2 on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.

Glasnow, who improved to 6-1 this season, spun seven innings of five-hit ball. He struck out 10 batters for the second time in his last three appearances.

The Los Angeles hitters were on fire all night long. Mookie Betts, Shohei Ohtani and Freddie Freeman combined for five RBIs while Max Muncy’s three blasts contributed four RBIs. Rookie Andy Pages followed up his 4 for 5 day on Friday with a 2 for 5 showing, adding on a home run himself.

It was the most runs that the Dodgers have scored since Oct. 21, 2021.

Here are three takeaways:

Muncy mania headlines offense

Heading into Saturday’s game, Muncy had been riding an 0 for 9 stretch at the plate. He certainly provided enough offense by himself to spark the victory.

His first homer came off Braves starter Bryce Elder in the second, driving home Will Smith from first for the first Dodgers runs of the night. It started a rough night for Elder, who pitched 3 1/3 innings and allowed seven earned runs across seven hits.

Muncy struck again leading off the bottom of the seventh and extended the Dodgers lead to 8-2. It came off reliever Tyler Matzek, who left after two-thirds of an inning after allowing three earned runs.

Home run No. 3 came in the eighth inning with Los Angeles already up 10-2. He would provide the cherry on top with a solo shot — also his fourth hit — that sent the crowd into a frenzy.

The 4-for-5 performance was a breakout moment for Muncy, who has eight homers this year and has improved his average to .262. He’s the first Dodger to deliver a three-homer game since Trayce Thompson against the Diamondbacks in a 10-1 win on April 1, 2023.

Glasnow takes care of business

Glasnow kept his elite first season with the Dodgers rolling as he kept the Braves lineup in check. He struck out 10 batters, giving him nine or more strikeouts in four of his last five starts.

Atlanta was able to scrape across two earned runs against him courtesy of an RBI single from Austin Riley and an RBI groundout from Orlando Arcia.

Glasnow (6-1) is now tied with Ranger Suarez for the most wins in baseball. A 2.70 ERA thus far has told the story for Glasnow, who is looking like an early candidate for the NL Cy Young Award.

The Dodgers pitching staff is expecting reinforcements soon as Clayton Kershaw and Bobbly Miller have started to inch closer to their return. Both have begun to throw off a mound for the first time. And Walker Buehler is scheduled to make his highly anticipated return Monday night.

Shohei makes Dodgers history

While Max Muncy provided the premier offensive performance Saturday night, Shohei Ohtani also had with a dominant game.

He provided a 3-for-5 performance that included his eighth home run, which turned out to be a rather significant one. The blast helped him to leap past manager Dave Roberts for the most home runs by a Japanese-born player in team history.

Roberts could do nothing but smile as he watched the superstar round the bases to extend his team’s lead to 3-0.

Ohtani scored twice in the game and provided two RBIs. He was one of four Dodgers on Saturday to get two or more hits. His average this season is up to .345, good for sixth best in the majors.

The Dodgers and Braves will meet at 1:10 p.m. Sunday for the series finale as Los Angeles looks to complete the three-game sweep. It would be their first sweep of Atlanta since the 2021 season.

The Braves will start left-hander Max Fried (2-0, 4.02 ERA) against Dodgers’ James Paxton (4-0, 3.51).