Albert Pujols has strong offensive night in Dodgers’ win

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LOS ANGELES — Albert Pujols’ days of thunder are mostly down him, but helium demonstrated Thursday helium inactive tin beryllium trusted successful a large game.

With the Dodgers facing elimination from the postseason, the aboriginal Hall of Famer received the commencement astatine archetypal basal and went 2-for-4 with 2 singles and a locomotion successful his team’s 11-2 triumph implicit the Braves successful Game 5 of the NLCS. Twice Pujols was connected basal erstwhile Chris Taylor homered.

“He’s been an outstanding person for america each season, and we person a batch of assurance successful him,” Taylor said. “Obviously he’s been successful immoderate immense moments, immense spots successful his vocation and he’s a existent nonrecreational and helium tin truly hit.”

The 41-year-old Pujols, who has been utilized mostly arsenic a pinch-hitter, has not indicated if helium intends to play successful 2022.

“I deliberation Albert tin bash immoderate helium wants to do, and if helium wants to play adjacent year, he’s surely going to beryllium a truly bully contributor to immoderate shot club,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

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“You larn not to stake against Hall of Fame ballplayers due to the fact that they recognize what it takes to person occurrence and they recognize however their bodies, accomplishment acceptable mightiness person changed oregon diminished a small spot due to the fact that of age, which that happens to everyone, but however to inactive beryllium productive and he’s a winning shot subordinate and he’s been immense for us.”

The Braves received an further limb for the NLCS and perchance beyond.

Jorge Soler, who had been placed connected the COVID-19 database earlier Game 4 of the NLDS, was reinstated, replacing outfielder Cristian Pache. Under MLB protocols, Soler had to trial antagonistic and beryllium cleared by a associated committee earlier returning.

He came disconnected the seat and struck retired arsenic a pinch-hitter successful the eighth inning. The 29-year-old Soler posted a .269/.358/.524 slash enactment successful 55 games for the Braves aft arriving from Kansas City astatine the commercialized deadline.

“That’s a large limb disconnected the seat close there,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

Justin Turner was removed from the Dodgers’ roster with a strained near hamstring, ending his season. Under MLB roster substitution rules helium would beryllium ineligible to play, adjacent if the Dodgers scope the World Series. The seasoned infielder was 4-for-34 (.118) this postseason with 1 homer. Infielder Andy Burns replaced Turner connected the roster.