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Dodgers defeat Braves, 4-3, to advance to NLCS

October 07, 2013|By Steve Dilbeck
  • Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw delivers a pitch during the first inning of the Dodgers' 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of the National League division series Monday.
Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw delivers a pitch during the first inning… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

Juan Uribe, almost booed out of town after two disappointing seasons with the Dodgers, continued his redemption in dramatic fashion.

Uribe hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to give the Dodgers a 4-3 comeback victory Monday night at Dodger Stadium over the Atlanta Braves in their division series.

The Dodgers became the first team to clinch a division series, defeating the Braves, 3-1, in the series. The victory advances the Dodgers to the National League Championship Series, where they'll play the winner of the Pittsburgh Pirates-St. Louis Cardinals series, which is tied, 2-2.

BOX SCORE: Dodgers 4, Braves 3

Manager Don Mattingly at first asked Uribe to bunt after Yasiel Puig led off the eighth inning with a double. Twice Uribe failed to get the bunt down.

Then on a 2-2 pitch, he crushed a David Carpenter pitch to the left field corner. The sellout crowd at Dodger Stadium exploded, absolutely rocking the ballpark.

If the series turned into a battle of bullpens, the Braves were supposed to have the edge, but Uribe changed that conversation.

Closer Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth, and the Dodgers began to celebrate on the field and blue and silver streamers were released over the stadium.

Here is an inning-by-inning recap of Game 4:

Dodgers 4, Braves 3 (end of game):

Kenley Jansen wasted no time in finishing the game off. He struck out Jordan Schafer, Jason Heyward and Justin Upton to end it.

Dodgers 4, Braves 3 (end of eighth):

And a hero walked among them.

After Yasiel Puig opened the inning with a double off David Carpenter, Manager Don Mattingly asked Juan Uribe to bunt him to third. Agh! The speedy Puig could score easily from second on a single. Uribe twice failed to get the bunt down.

Then on a 2-2 pitch, he absolutely drilled a two-run homer out to left. The stadium was absolutely shaking. He also had a two-run homer Sunday.

The Dodgers are bringing in Kenley Jansen in to close it out in the ninth and wrap up  the series.

Braves 3, Dodgers 2 (middle of eighth):

Brian Wilson came in to pitch the eighth. The Beard struck out his first two (Brian McCann striking out for the fourth time), and then gave up a singles to Chris Johnson and Andrelton Simmons before he got Elliot Johnson to fly out.

Braves 3, Dodgers 2 (end of seventh):

The Dodgers are down to their last six outs.

The got a two-out double from Mark Ellis off Luis Avilan in the seventh, and this time the Braves intentionally walked Hanley Ramirez to bring up Adrian Gonzalez.

But Gonzalez, who led the Dodgers with 100 RBI this season, flew out to right on a full count.

Braves 3, Dodgers 2 (middle of seventh):

Clayton Kershaw called it a night and the Dodgers immediately fell behind.

Ronald Belisario gave up a triple to Elliot Johnson. It might have been held to a double, but Yasiel Puig tried a sliding stop and the ball squirted past him.

The Dodgers brought the infield in for pinch-hitter Jose Constanza, but he lined a single to center to score Johnson.

Manager Don Mattingly immediately pulled Belisario, calling on J.P. Howell to end the inning.

Freddy Garcia, 37, went six fairly remarkable innings for the Braves, holding the Dodgers to a pair of Carl Crawford solo homers. He gave up eight hits and struck out six.

Dodgers 2, Braves 2 (end of sixth):

Juan Uribe doubled with two outs, so the Braves intentionally walked Skip Schumaker to bring up A.J. Ellis.

It worked, Ellis bouncing out to third.

It also marked the final inning for Clayton Kershaw, who is not coming out to start the seventh. Ronald Belisario is in to make it a bullpen game.

Kershaw pitched plenty well enough to win, holding the Braves to three hits and striking out six but was betrayed by a pair of unearned runs. After throwing 124 pitches Thursday, he threw 91 Monday.

Dodgers 2, Braves 2 (middle of  sixth):

Clayton Kershaw got the easy inning he needed. He retired the Braves in order -- striking out Brian McCann for a third time.

It took him only 12 pitches, bringing his total pitch count to 91 after six innings.

Dodgers 2, Braves 2 (end of fifth):

Freddy Garcia, who in the past year was released by the Padres and designated for assignment by the Orioles, is holding the Dodgers in check.

Garcia has matched Clayton Kershaw through five innings, holding the Dodgers to a pair of runs. The Dodgers did have Carl Crawford walk and steal second in the fifth, but Garica struck out Mark Ellis and got Hanley Ramirez to bounce out.

Dodgers 2, Braves 2 (middle of fifth):

This is becoming an extremely tense game, and one Clayton Kershaw doesn't figure to finish.

Kershaw held the Braves scoreless in the fifth, but he did walk a batter and had to throw more than he wanted.

After 4 1/2 innings, Kershaw has thrown 79 pitches. He threw 124 pitches in Thursday's Game 1.

Dodgers 2, Braves 2 (end of fourth):

The Dodgers could find only pieces of an attack in the fourth.

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