Dodgers win again to force Game 7 against Braves in NLCS

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ARLINGTON, Texas – Through eight consecutive division titles and a pair of National League pennants, the Los Angeles Dodgers produced MVPs and rookies of the year, won hundreds of games and teased their fanbase with dreams of a first World Series championship since 1988.

Yet something always seemed to be missing from a team that had vast resources and significant smarts, but often worked the edges for minimal gains, be it on the balance sheet or the lineup card.

Perhaps it was Mookie Betts.

The Dodgers forced a Game 7 in this National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves by twice staving off elimination, and while Corey Seager can’t stop hitting home runs and Walker Buehler blew away the Braves with a flurry of 98-mph fastballs, they are alive largely because Betts did things almost any ballplayer on the planet cannot.

Saturday afternoon at Globe Life Field, that moment came in the fifth inning, with Buehler fading and the Dodgers’ bats dormant again, a man on and Marcell Ozuna scorching a ball 101 mph off his bat to right field. Betts scampered back, caught up to the ball and at the last, leaped atop the wall to bring it in.

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