National League Game Summary - Atlanta at Los Angeles|
(Monday, October 7th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 4, Atlanta 3
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Juan Uribe's two-run homer in the bottom
of the eighth put the Los Angeles Dodgers back in the National League
Championship Series for the first time since 2009.
Uribe's second career postseason go-ahead homer in eighth inning or later
lifted the Dodgers over the Atlanta Braves, 4-3, in Game 4 of their National
League Division Series.
Holding a 3-2 lead, the Braves sent David Carpenter (0-1) to the mound. Yasiel
Puig led off with a double down the right-field line. Uribe then stepped to
the plate and smacked a 2-2 pitch over the wall in left.
"This moment today I'll never forget," said Uribe.
Kenley Jansen tossed a perfect ninth to put the Dodgers in the NLCS for the
third time in the past six years.
Los Angeles will play the winner of Wednesday night's Game 5 between St. Louis
and Pittsburgh. The NLCS opens Friday night.
"We've moved one step closer, and we don't have to get back on a plane
tomorrow. It's a good feeling," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.
In an effort to close out the series, the Dodgers sent left-hander Clayton
Kershaw to the mound on short rest. Los Angeles had been slated to hand the
ball to righty Ricky Nolasco, but opted to go with Kershaw, who was brilliant
in Game 1.
Kershaw, the 2011 NL Cy Young Award winner and a favorite again this season,
gave up two unearned runs on three hits while striking out six over six
innings. The left-hander pitched on three days' rest for the first time since
beginning his major league career in 2008.
Brian Wilson (1-0) picked up the win after stranding runners on first and
second in the eighth.
Carl Crawford became the first Dodgers player to hit two homers in a
postseason game since Shawn Green in the 2004 NLDS.
Chris Johnson and Andrelton Simmons had an RBI apiece for the Braves, who have
lost six straight Division Series appearances.
Freddy Garcia got the start for Atlanta and gave up two runs on eight hits
while striking out six over six innings.
"You don't want it to ever end the way we ended today. But we had the right
guy out there. Carp has been good for us," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.
"There is nothing to be ashamed of."
With the scored tied at two, the Braves scored once in the seventh. Ronald
Belisario gave up a one-out triple to Elliot Johnson. Pinch-hitter Jose
Constanza followed with an RBI single up the middle. J.P. Howell retired two
of the next three batters to keep it a 3-2 game.
Crawford homered in each of his first two at-bats to give Kershaw some early
run support. Crawford started the bottom of the first with a blast to right,
becoming the second player in Dodgers history with a leadoff homer in a
postseason game (Davey Lopes, 1978 versus the Yankees).
With one out in the third, Crawford smacked a 2-2 pitch down the right-field
line. The crowed roared as the ball stayed fair for a 2-0 Los Angeles lead.
Kershaw was in control until the fourth, when his fielders made some key
mistakes. Freddie Freeman led off with a single to right-center field. Evan
Gattis followed with a grounder to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, whose throw
to second was off the mark. The runners moved up to second and third on
Kershaw's wild pitch.
After Brian McCann struck out looking, Chris Johnson hit an RBI single to
left-center field. The tying run scored when Simmons grounded into a fielder's
The last Dodger to start on short rest in the postseason was Derek Lowe, who
allowed two runs on six hits in five innings in a no-decision in Game 4
of the NLDS on Oct. 13, 2008 vs. Philadelphia ... The Dodgers lost in five
games to Philadelphia four years ago in the NLCS ... Atlanta hasn't won a
postseason series since 2001 ... Uribe also hit a homer in the eighth inning
of Game 6 of the 2010 NLCS for the San Francisco Giants against the
Philadelphia Phillies, helping the Giants reach the World Series.
10/08 03:03:12 ET