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Dodgers rout Braves to take 2-1 lead in NLDS

Oct 7, 2013, 12:11 AM EDT

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It was a close back-and-forth affair between the Braves and Dodgers for the first three and a half innings in Game 3 of the NLDS in Los Angeles tonight. The game was tied at four-all, then the Dodger offense woke up, building a lead as large as nine runs entering the bottom of the ninth.

The Braves gave starter Julio Teheran a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on two RBI singles. The right-hander would fork over the lead in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice fly by Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu followed by a three-run home run by Carl Crawford. The Braves quickly tied the game up in the top of the third on two defensive miscues by Ryu, failing to touch first base covering on a double play attempt, then making a late throw home on a fielder’s choice attempt, allowing the Braves to score a run on each blunder.

In the bottom half of the third, the Dodgers took the lead again on RBI singles by Adrian Gonzalez and Skip Schumaker. They put the game out of reach in the fourth against Braves reliever Alex Wood as Hanley Ramirez hit an RBI triple, Yasiel Puig hit an RBI single, and Juan Uribe blasted an opposite-field two-run home run to put his team up 10-4. The four runs scored in the fourth were all unearned as Crawford reached to lead off the inning, prompting the avalanche.

Neither starter could make it past the third inning. Ryu needed 68 pitches to get through three innings, allowing the four runs on six hits and a walk while striking out just one batter. Teheran needed 66 pitches to get through two and two-thirds, allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out five.

Chris Capuano came on in relief of Ryu, holding the Braves scoreless over three innings without allowing a hit, though he did walk three while striking out three. J.P. Howell pitched one and one-third scoreless before giving way to Ronald Belisario, who finished the eighth without any damage.

With runners on first and second against Braves reliever Jordan Walden in the eighth, Ramirez lined a single to left-center to plate his team’s 11th run of the game. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez brought in Luis Avilan to keep the faintest glimmer of hope alive, but Gonzalez hit a grounder back up the middle which Avilan deflected. Second baseman Elliott Johnson was unable to make a play as the Dodgers’ 12th run crossed the plate. Puig lined an RBI single to right field, allowing Ramirez to touch home for run number 13. David Hale came in and finally closed the barn door after the horse had bolted. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly called on Paco Rodriguez in the ninth. The lefty allowed a one-out two-run home run to Jason Heyward and a two-out single to Evan Gattis. Kenley Jansen came in and struck out Brian McCann for out number 27 to wrap up the 13-6 victory at long last.

The Dodgers can wrap up the NLDS at home tomorrow night behind starter Ricky Nolasco, who will oppose Braves right-hander Freddy Garcia in Game 4.

  1. atlsportingreports - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Reblogged this on atlsportingreports.

  2. Old Gator - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    How happy is Reecky Nolasco to be where he is and not where he ain’t anymore? Eh? Eh?

    • blacksables - Oct 7, 2013 at 7:23 AM

  3. losanginsight - Oct 7, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    This series is done. Atl didn’t understand that the pitching in the NL West is better than that of the East. Always next year atl. Go Dodgers!

  4. tomemos - Oct 7, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Regarding the second blunder in the third, the Braves would have scored anyway, of course—Ryu’s only other option was to make the out at first and concede the run. And since he then induced a double play it all ended up not mattering (though obviously going home was a boneheaded play that could have led to more runs).

  5. omniusprime - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    The Dodgers looked awesome last night! I got a feeling the Dodgers are going to the NLCS! Imagine how awesome the Dodger hitting lineup would be if Kemp were playing instead of Shumaker. Loved how the Dodger fans were doing the mock tomahawk chop chant.

    Go Dodgers!!!

  6. omniusprime - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Oh Yeah, Hanley Ramirez is the new Mr. October! Man what a performance by this superstar, and Yasiel Puig is also doing great.

  7. bravojawja - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    That was some seriously fugly pitching those first few innings. Fugly.

  8. spacemaker101 - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    That weren’t mocking the ATL chant…. And I’m sure ATL just didn’t know the dodgers pitchers were good…. Lol why even say that?? Smh

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