Dodgers and Braves stumble badly, while Rangers and Astros win

Atlanta Braves right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fifth inning of Game 1 of baseball's NL Division Series on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023, in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/Brian Anderson)

The Braves were eliminated for the first time this season. It wasn’t the most humiliating defeat of the night. (AP Photo/Brian Anderson) (associated Press)

With the MLB Wild-Card Round completed, the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds entered the field. The Orioles, Astros, Braves and Dodgers all begin their postseason journeys with LDS Game 1s on Saturday. Some were more successful than others.

The Orioles faced the new pace of the Rangers in their ALDS Game 1. The playoff energy at Camden Yards was off the charts, but still, Texas won 3–2 on the strength of adequate offense and adequate pitching.

The Twins won their first playoff series since 2002 against the Toronto Blue Jays and were headed to Houston. But the defending World Series champion Astros turned out to be a different beast. Houston won 6–4 Game 1 thanks to two homers from Yordan Alvarez and six scoreless innings from Justin Verlander.

Then the Braves, easily MLB’s best hitting team in the regular season, were defeated by the Phillies in a 3–0 victory, featuring stellar performances from Ranger Suárez and the Philadelphia bullpen. Bryce Harper contributed a homer, and the second run came on a catcher’s interference call that led to Atlanta fans throwing trash on the field.

The worst performance of the night, and arguably the season, came in Los Angeles. Dodgers great Clayton Kershaw allowed hits to the first five Diamondbacks batters and ultimately fouled out after six earned runs and four extra-base hits. Not only was this the worst start of his playoff career, it was the worst start of his career. After eight innings, the Diamondbacks were celebrating an 11–2 victory.

It was a day in which a team that had not been shut out all season was shut out, and a pitcher who had never allowed six runs in a first inning allowed six runs in a third of an inning. Was.

The Orioles and Twins will both attempt to bounce back in Game 2 on Sunday, while the Braves and Dodgers will have to wait until Monday.

Follow along as Yahoo Sports delivers the latest scores, news and injuries during the first day of ALDS and NLDS action.

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