"We took a hard path to get to this point, but I do think it made us stronger and kind of galvanized our team", Roberts said.
Game 2 was more of the same for Houston, dominant pitching and offensive production led them to victory. The five second-inning runs were the first of the series for Atlanta. This time the Indians struck first on a third-inning home run by Francisco Lindor off Astros starter Gerrit Cole to put Cleveland in front, 1-0.
Former Atlanta manager Bobby Cox one-hopped his toss to the plate but still received a big ovation from the Atlanta crowd.
The Braves cut the series lead on Sunday with a 6-5 win.
Game 1 is Friday night in Milwaukee, the Dodgers' fourth championship series in six seasons. Clevinger shined in his five innings of work, giving up one run on three hits, striking out nine, and walking three batters.
Hill was pulled after the Braves loaded the bases in the fifth with one out on an infield single, a walk and an error, but Ryan Madson (1-0) got out of the jam and ended up as the winning pitcher. Foltynewicz took the ball in Game 1 of the season, although he lasted just two innings, allowing three hits and four earned runs. Los Angeles had a franchise-record 235 homers during the regular season and eight more against the Braves, accounting for 14 of its 20 runs.
Rookie right-hander Walker Buehler is expected to start for the Dodgers.
Roberts said Clayton Kershaw would start on Wednesday in Los Angeles if a Game 5 is necessary.
Buehler, who had a 2.03 ERA after the All-Star break, pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings Monday in the NL West tiebreaker against Colorado that gave the Dodgers their sixth straight division title. Freddie Freeman tattooed a home run in the sixth inning breaking a 5-all tie, after Atlanta blew a five-run lead earlier in the game.
Newcomb threw a career-high 134 pitches when he went 8 2/3 innings against Los Angeles in a 4-1 win on July 29.
In the ninth, the Dodgers got runners on first and second with no outs after a single and a walk.