Dodgers rout Braves, tie for 10th place all-time for MLB’s biggest postseason blowouts

The Los Angeles Dodgers made quick work of the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night, jumping out to an 11-0 lead in the top of the first inning on their way to a blowout victory in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.

The 11 runs were the most scored in any inning in playoff history — and the uprising immediately put the Dodgers in position to join the ranks of MLB's biggest postseason blowouts. 

Their eventual 15-3 victory didn't quite push the Dodgers to the top of the list, but they did set a franchise record for margin of victory and tie for 10th place all-time.

The top five: 

1. The Boston Red Sox hold the record with a 23-7 defeat of the Cleveland Indians in Game 4 of the 1999 AL Division Series. In that game, Red Sox third baseman John Valentin hit a pair of home runs and drove in seven runs, while teammates Jose Offerman and Trot Nixon had five RBI apiece. The Red Sox also set the record for the most runs scored by any team in a postseason game.

The Indians starter that day, who only lasted one inning and gave up seven of those runs: a young man by the name of Bartolo Colon.

Boston Red Sox second baseman Brock Holt celebrates with outfielder Mookie Betts after his ninth-inning home run in Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS made him the first player in postseason history to hit for the cycle. (Photo: Adam Hunger, USA TODAY Sports)

T2. Tied for second on the list is the Red Sox's 16-1 stomping of the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS. Current Dodger Mookie Betts was Boston's leadoff hitter that day, going 2-for-5 with two RBI. That was the game where Red Sox infielder Brock Holt became the only player to ever hit for the cycle in a postseason game. 

T2. Even though they lost the series, the Cleveland Indians roughed up the 116-win Seattle Mariners with a 17-2 rout in Game 3 of the 2001 ALDS. Light-hitting shortstop Omar Vizquel drove in six runs as part of a 19-hit attack. 

T2. The Braves were on the winning side of a 15-0 shutout of the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 7 of the 1996 NLCS. First baseman Fred McGriff scored four runs and had four RBI to support winning pitcher Tom Glavine, who drove in three runs himself. (Remember when pitchers actually hit for themselves?)

T5. That Braves win came just three days after they had just tied the existing record set by the 1936 New York Yankees with a 14-run victory in Game 5 against the Cardinals.  McGriff and Javy Lopez homered in that one as the Braves avoided elimination and eventually rallied from a three games-to-one deficit to win the NL pennant. 

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