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Braves rally…Rays up 2-0…White Sox need a skipper

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Atlanta Braves took Game 1 of the National League Championship Series by scoring four runs in the ninth to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1. Austin Riley led off the ninth with a tiebreaking homer and Marcel Ozuna  added an RBI single before Ozzie Albies smacked a two-run blast to cap the rally. Freddie Freeman also homered and Max Fried worked six innings for the Braves.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have a 2-0 series lead in the ALCS after riding a pair of homers into a 4-2 win over Houston. Manuel Margot  put the Rays ahead with a three-run homer in the first inning and Mike Zunino added a solo blast later in the game. Charlie Morton tossed five shutout innings to get the win against his former team.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox and manager Rick Renteria  have agreed to split following a disappointing finish to a breakout season in which the team made the playoffs for the first time in 12 years. The White Sox went 35-25 in his pandemic-shortened fourth year. They held a three-game lead in the AL Central before losing seven of their final eight to finish tied for second with Cleveland, one game behind Minnesota.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers blew a 17-point lead for the second straight game before Will Lutz hit a field goal in overtime to send the New Orleans Saints to a 30-27 victory. Taysom Hill tied the game with a nine-yard run in the final minute after replacing quarterback Drew Brees  for one play. Justin Herbert threw for four touchdowns, including a 64-yard scoring strike to Mike Williams that put the Chargers ahead 27-20 late in the fourth quarter.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have named defensive coordinator Raheem Morris interim head coach after firing Dan Quinn. Morris is in his sixth season with the Falcons and his first full season as defensive coordinator. The Falcons fired Quinn on Sunday night, hours after the team fell to 0-5 for the first time since 1997 with a 23-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

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