Urías had one of his worst postseason games

LOS ANGELES – Mexican pitcher Julio Urías allowed five runs and eight hits, including three home runs, in five innings against the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday.

It was the second-worst postseason start for Urías in his six-year career with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 25-year-old left-hander struck out two batters, gave away three walks and totaled 92 pitches, 62 strikes.

He was replaced by a pinch hitter at the close of the fifth inning, AJ Pollock, who hit to drive in Los Angeles’ first two runs of the game.

Urías retired the first inning with 14 pitches, but then allowed consecutive homers to Puerto Rican LF Eddie Rosario and CF Adam Duvall starting the second and 1B Freddie Freeman starting the third.

Rosario tripled and scored on a hit by outfielder Joc Pederson in the fourth and Duvall drove off Curaçao second baseman Ozzie Albies with a sacrifice fly in the fifth as Rosario hit his third hit of the night off Urías.

The only other time this year that Urías had consecutive home runs was on August 30 (Jorge Soler and Freeman of Cuba), also against the Braves. Just once in his career did he give up three homers in one outing: June 2, 2016 against the Chicago Cubs.

Urías’ other playoff outing that could be considered worse was Game 4 of the National League Championship Series against the Cubs on Oct. 19, 2016, when the Mexican allowed four earned runs in 3.2 innings.

He also allowed three runs and only got two outs against the Washington Nationals in Game 4 of the 2019 Division Series on Oct. 7 at Nationals Park, but this time he came in as a reliever in the fifth inning.

After posting a 1.41 ERA in 32.0 innings in eight appearances in the past two postseason games, Urías allowed seven runs in six acts in the most recent two. His ERA, which was 2.96 in 21 games before his start Wednesday, rose to 3.52 in 52.2 innings.