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Braves cost themselves a huge inning with Game 7 baserunning blunder vs. Dodgers

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 10/19/2020 Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY
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Having already scored a run to take a 3-2 lead, the Braves were threatening a big fourth inning with runners on second and third and nobody out in Sunday's NLCS Game 7 against the Dodgers – until Atlanta effectively ran itself out of the inning.

a baseball player holding a bat on a field: Justin Turner dives to tag Dansby Swanson. © Tim Heitman, Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports Justin Turner dives to tag Dansby Swanson.

Nick Markakis hit a ground ball to the left side and the runner on third, Dansby Swanson, broke for the plate on contact. Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner fielded the grounder and quickly threw home to catch Swanson in a rundown.

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After getting a throw back from catcher Will Smith, Turner chased after Swanson and dove to apply a tag on his leg.

Meanwhile the man on second, Austin Riley, had retreated once the rundown began but broke back towards third while Swanson tried going home.

Turner popped up, turned around and quickly threw to shortstop Corey Seager covering third to put the tag on Riley. 

With suddenly two outs, Atlanta's Cristian Pache grounded out to end the inning.

"J.T. is a baseball-savvy guy," Seager said after the game. "What he did in that moment was really cool to be a part of."

The missed opportunity proved costly as the Braves went on to lose 4-3.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Braves cost themselves a huge inning with Game 7 baserunning blunder vs. Dodgers

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