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Braves beat Dodgers: We had no answer to Rosario, says Roberts

Eddie Rosario's fabulous playoffs form went on as he helped the Atlanta Braves tie up an NLCS series win over the LA Dodgers on Saturday.

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MLB playoffs 2021: Dodgers 'didn't have an answer' for Braves' MVP Rosario

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says his team "didn't have an answer" to Eddie Rosario, who inspired the Atlanta Braves to National League Championship Series victory over the Dodgers.

"We just couldn't figure him out"

Rosario, who was named MVP, hit his third home run of the NLCS as the Braves secured a 4-2 series win on Saturday.

As the Braves advance to their first World Series since 1999, they can thank a man who did not make his first start for Atlanta until 29 August but has become indispensable

Rosario went 14 for 25 in the series for a staggering .560 batting average, driving in nine runs and scoring six himself. 

"We just couldn't figure him out," said Roberts. "He beat us the other way. He beat us to the pull side. He got hits off lefties, off righties. We tried to spin him. We went hard.

"We just didn't have an answer for him and when you've got that big guy [Freddie Freeman] looming behind him it's just kind of tough to pitch around him, who was clearly hot. But, yeah, we just didn't have an answer for him."

Rosario equals MLB postseason record

Rosario tied an MLB record for the most hits in a postseason series, but he could lay claim to owning it outright.

The four men he shares the mark with – Marco Scutaro (2012 NLCS), Kevin Youkilis (2007 ALCS), Albert Pujols (2004 NLCS) and Hideki Matsui (2004 ALCS) – all needed seven games to reach 14 hits

"It's just amazing how locked-in he is," Braves manager Brian Snitker said of Rosario. "It's been something else."

Rosario revels in "greatest accomplishment"

Atlanta acquired Rosario from the Cleveland Indians on 30 July, just under three weeks after losing star outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. for the season with a knee injury, but they knew they would have to wait for the newcomer to join the lineup

Rosario had been out since 5 July with an abdominal strain and would not become a regular fixture in the Braves lineup until mid-September, but no one is taking him out now. 

Though the 30-year-old has postseason experience from his time with the Minnesota Twins, he has never experienced anything like the last week or so

"This is obviously my greatest accomplishment of my career so far, this [MVP] trophy and this award, so it's something to definitely be proud of," Rosario said. 

"It's truly a great moment, not just in my career, but in my life as well, but I want more. I want to win the World Series."