Pages sparks Dodgers to extra-innings victory over Braves

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Shohei Ohtani and Andy Pages played hero in extra innings as the Dodgers took down the Atlanta Braves in walk-off fashion.

LOS ANGELES — Rookie Andy Pages had four hits and slugged a walk-off single in the 11th inning, lifting the Dodgers to a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

Right-handed starter Gavin Stone held the Braves in check through six innings. His only blemish was a monster home run from Austin Riley in the first inning which got the Braves on the board.

The Dodgers scored twice in regulation with Will Smith delivering an RBI single in the third and Tesocar Hernandez blasting a solo homer in the fourth. The game headed to extra innings tied at 2-2 before Atlanta regained the lead in the top of the 10th.

Shohei Ohtani would deliver a clutch, game-tying single to send it to the 11th before Andy Pages (4 for 5) delivered the game-winning hit.

Here are three takeaways:

Stone sets the tone

Stone (2-1) had a rocky start to his sixth appearance as Austin Riley hit a first-inning solo home run that sailed 449 feet homer to center field. Stone didn’t allow another run, conceding three more hits and striking out five.

While the strong outing did not end in the third win, Stone lowered his ERA to 4.06.

The 25-year-old has allowed two earned runs or less in his past four starts. Although Friday’s game was the 10th of his big-league career, Stone is showcasing his nasty stuff and potential to be a true threat in the Dodger rotation going forward.

His development comes as a welcome sign of depth as veteran starter Walker Buehler returns from his second Tommy John surgery on Monday.

Ohtani, Pages deliver in the clutch

Pages, who was called up last week, managed his extra-inning heroics with a bloop single on a cutter from Jesse Chavez into shallow center field that brought home Will Smith. The rookie has burst onto the scene for Los Angeles, hitting .333 so far.

Shohei Ohtani also provided clutch hitting, tying the game in the 10th inning with a one-out single (his only hit of the game) up the middle against Raisel Iglesias. The Braves had taken the lead in the top half of the 10th on a sacrifice fly from Orlando Arcia.

The Pages-Ohtani duo was able to break through against two of the best arms in the Atlanta bullpen. Iglesias (2.03 ERA) and Chavez (1.54 ERA) have been reliable all year for the Braves and Pages’ game-winning hit handed Chavez his first loss of the season.

Dodgers bullpen clamps

From innings 9-11, the Dodgers bullpen did not allow an earned run as they gave the bats enough time to come through.

Evan Phillips continued his dominant season as he pitched a clean ninth inning with one strikeout. His ERA dropped to 0.66 as he continues to prove himself as one of the premier bullpen arms in baseball.

In the 10th, Alex Vesia did allow the Braves to score the free runner and take a 3-2 lead. However, they did not tally a hit as two flyouts and a strikeout kept them from adding on any further.

They were able to take the lead thanks to the sacrifice fly from Orlando Arcia that scored Luke Williams. Vesia’s ERA now sits at 1.65.

Michael Grove who shut down the Braves in the top of the 11th and kept them from cashing in the free runner. He retired Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies and Riley and earned his first win.

Game 2 of the three-game series is a 6:10 p.m. Saturday, when Tyler Glasnow (5-1, 2.72 ERA) will square off against Atlanta’s Bryce Edler (1-0, 1.50) .

First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. PT.