Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/19/14
The Atlanta Braves flopped and staggered their way to another October debacle. With Dan Uggla watching from the dugout, this one was downright ugly. Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 during seven dominant innings, Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers blew out the bumbling Braves 6-1 in Game 1 of the NL division series Thursday night. The Braves haven't won a postseason series since 2001, losing seven in a row, and this is going to be another short stay if they don't turn it around quickly in the best-of-five series. Kris Medlen fired up the less-than-capacity crowd of 43,021 by striking out the side in the first inning, but it was all downhill from there for the Atlanta starter. The Dodgers had a 5-0 lead by the fourth inning and put it on cruise control with Kershaw on the mound. ''I think it took us about two or three innings to settle down a little bit,'' Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. By then, it was over. The Braves struck out 15 times in all...
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