December 1, 2022

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Local kid Fried shines in LA, then Jansen closes it out

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LOS ANGELES — Max Fried was clearly better than the results from this season’s first two starts indicated. But it will be hard for him to be much better than he was while helping the Braves bounce back with a 3-1 win over the Dodgers on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, snapping L.A.’s seven-game winning streak.

Fried proved perfect through five innings, faced the minimum through six and ended up allowing just two hits over seven scoreless innings against a powerful Dodgers lineup. The Braves left-hander has now completed at least seven scoreless innings in three of his past six starts dating back to last year.

Pitching at the ballpark he frequently visited during his childhood, Fried constructed a gem that likely rivaled some of his earliest and greatest baseball dreams. The Southern California native retired the first 15 batters he faced before seeing his perfect game end with Hanser Alberto’s leadoff single in the sixth. Alberto’s sinking liner came off the bat at 98.4 mph and fell in front of right fielder Eddie Rosario.

Longtime Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen worked the ninth inning against his former team, retiring the side on 12 pitches, getting former Braves superstar Freddie Freeman to fly out to end it.

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