Of the four games that took place on Tuesday, three of them saw the home team defend home turf. The one that didn’t? The defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves, who succumbed to a 7-6 defeat to division rivals Philadelphia to open the five-game set. The Phillies started fast, plating six runs as they chased starter Max Fried before he could complete four innings. They led 7-1 after five, with Nick Castellanos’ three hits and three RBI’s doing a lot of the damage, but the Braves did valiantly come back.
Matt Olson hit a three-run blast in the bottom of the ninth, but they couldn’t get the extra run to tie it, handing Philly the home-field advantage. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers took care of the San Diego Padres in another clash between division rivals. The Dodgers started quite quickly, getting a Trea Turner homer and a Max Muncy single to get a 2-0 lead on the board early. They then got three more in the third, going up 5-0. From there, the Padres did scrap three across in the top of the fifth, but it didn’t prove to be enough as the NL West champions held out for a 5-3 victory.