All good things must come to an end.
Tyler Flowers hit a game-winning pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the eighth and the Atlanta Braves snapped the Los Angeles Dodgers nine-game winning streak, 5-3, on Wednesday night at Sun Trust Park.
In addition to the nine-game winning streak, the Braves also snapped the Dodgers six-game road winning streak, and more importantly, their MLB-record 53-game winning streak when leading at any point in the game.
"We've done a good job of winning these type of games," said Dodgers left-fielder Chris Taylor. "We haven't lost in a long time."
The back and forth battle started with Cody Bellinger's record-tying 30th home run of the season.
Bellinger sent a 91 MPH fastball from Julio Teheran over the wall in right-center, nearly the same spot he hit his 29th home run of the season a day earlier, to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
With the long ball, Bellinger tied the National League record for home runs by a left-handed rookie, and became the third fastest rookie in MLB history to reach 30 home runs (87 games) behind only Rudy York and Mark McGwire.
The Braves answered Bellinger's bomb in the bottom half of the second with a two-run home run by Danny Santana.
Santana golfed a low fastball from Brock Stewart to put the Braves in front, 2-1.
The Dodgers tied the game in the top of the fourth and took back the lead in the top of the fifth thanks to an RBI single by the "Silver Fox," Chase Utley.
Stewart, in his second start of the season, once again did not factor in the decision as he allowed two runs on three hits with three walks and one strikeout in just four innings.
Teheran also did not factor in the decision, allowing three runs on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts in five innings.
Atlanta tied the game in the bottom half of the fifth inning after Freddie Freeman hit an RBI single to center field off reliever Ross Stripling.
Both teams remained tied until Flowers unloaded on a first pitch slider from Pedro Baez to knock in the go-ahead runs for the Braves.
Pinch-hitter Tyler Flowers drives a two-run home run over the right-field wall, giving the Braves a 5-3 lead in the 8th inning!!! #ChopOn pic.twitter.com/6XmrO8Y8TF— TheRenderMLB (@TheRenderMLB) August 3, 2017
There would be no comeback for the Dodgers this time as Arodys Vizcaino pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his third save of the season.
Since July 4th, the Dodgers are 3-3 against the Atlanta Braves and a perfect 17-0 against every other team in baseball.
"They have a good offense. They play hard and play the right way," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters about why his team has struggled against the Braves. "They're a scrappy bunch. We just couldn't put things together tonight."
Despite the loss, the Dodgers still hold the best record in baseball and since June 1, have three separate win streaks of nine games or more, the most in the Major Leagues, and the most since the Milwaukee Braves in 1954.
King of the Hill
Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill was named the National League Pitcher of the Month for July, and celebrated by watching his newest teammate Yu Darvish throw a bullpen session before the game.
Alex Wood squares off against the team that drafted him as he takes the mound on Thursday opposite LHP Sean Newcomb for Atlanta. First pitch is 4:35PM PST.