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Dodgers launch five homers as Braves lose 7-3

Brandon McCarthy and the Atlanta bullpen were not sharp on Friday night.

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Braves’ pitching staff was unable to cool down the red-hot Dodgers on Friday night as they fell by a score of 7-3.

Brandon McCarthy couldn’t make it out of the fifth inning as he was torched for three homers and four runs overall. Yasiel Puig blooped a single to right field in the first inning to give LA a 1-0 lead. Yasmani Grandal then smoked a no-doubter over the center field wall in the second to push the lead to 2-0. Grandal would hit another solo homer in the fourth.

Kurt Suzuki hit a double off the wall to plate Nick Markakis in the top of the fifth to make it 3-1, although that was all the early offense the Braves would muster.

In the bottom half of the inning, Joc Pederson and Max Muncy hit back-to-back homers off McCarthy and Sam Freeman to make it 5-1.

McCarthy was fortunate to give up just the three long balls; it seemed like every ball the Dodgers hit in the air came up just short of the warning track. His ERA is upwards of 7 since the start of May.

A Freddie Freeman double would cut it to 5-2 in the sixth, although Los Angeles came right back in the bottom of the seventh as Muncy doubled in another run.

Johan Camargo hit a solo homer in the 8th to make it 6-3. Cody Bellinger responded about 10 minutes later with a solo homer of his own to make it 7-3. It was one of those nights.

The Braves and Dodgers will continue their three-game series on Saturday evening with Anibal Sanchez and Alex Wood on the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 9:10 p.m. ET.

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