Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Hanley Ramirez finished a home run shy
of the cycle while knocking in two runs and scoring three times, as the Los
Angeles Dodgers used a pair of four-run frames to take a 13-6 triumph over the
Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of this Division Series from Dodger Stadium.
Carl Crawford clubbed a three-run homer and scored three times, Juan Uribe
belted a two-run shot and scored twice, and Yasiel Puig collected three hits,
two RBI and three runs scored for the Dodgers, who bounced back from Friday's
4-3 setback to take a 2-1 lead in this best-of-five set and move within one
win of a trip to the National League Championship Series.
LA's offensive outburst offset a shaky postseason debut from rookie Hyun-Jin
Ryu, who allowed four runs on six hits in just three innings of work.
Fellow left-hander Chris Capuano (1-0) came on in relief and kept Atlanta at
bay, spinning three hitless innings to pick up the win.
The Dodgers did most of their damage against Atlanta starter Julio Teheran
(0-1), tagging the rookie right-hander for six runs on eight hits over 2 2/3
Jason Heyward hit a two-run homer and Chris Johnson drove in two runs for the
Braves, who will look to extend their season for another day when they send
right-hander Freddy Garcia to the hill for Game 4 on Monday.
The Braves jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first behind RBI singles from Evan
Gattis and Johnson, but the Dodgers plated four runs in the second to pull
Puig and Uribe opened the frame with back-to-back singles before a one-out
walk to A.J. Ellis loaded the bases for Ryu, who punched a sacrifice fly to
right to score Puig and bring the Dodgers within a run.
Crawford then put his team in front, stroking a 2-2 slider over the right-
field wall to provide the Dodgers with a 4-2 lead.
Atlanta answered promptly in the third, opening the inning with three straight
singles to load the bases with no outs.
Brian McCann followed with a sharp grounder to first that Adrian Gonzalez
smothered before firing to second to start a double play, but Ryu couldn't
find the first-base bag as he caught the relay throw from Ramirez, allowing
Justin Upton to score and leaving runners on the corners.
Johnson then tapped a slow roller down the first-base line that Ryu fielded,
but instead of getting the sure out at first, the rookie hurler fired to the
plate late, and Freddie Freeman slid in safely to tie the game.
Gonzalez quickly gave the lead back to the Dodgers in the home half, following
Ramirez's leadoff double with a base hit to left to score the LA shortstop for
a 5-4 lead.
Puig followed with a sharp grounder to third that Johnson snared before firing
to second to start a double play, but Elliot Johnson's relay throw to first
skipped past Freeman, allowing Puig to race into second.
After Uribe fanned, Skip Schumaker singled to left to score Puig for a 6-4
The Dodgers erupted for four more runs in the fourth to put the game out of
reach, with Ramirez ripping a one-out triple off the wall in left-center to
score Crawford, who reached on an error to start the inning.
Following a Gonzalez strikeout, Puig singled to center to plate Ramirez before
trotting home on Uribe's shot to right to make it 10-4.
LA tacked on three more in the eighth, as Ramirez, Gonzalez and Puig stroked
consecutive RBI singles to extend the lead to 13-4.
Heyward homered in the ninth to account for the final margin.
The 13 runs scored by the Dodgers tied for the most in a postseason game in
franchise history, matching the mark set in Game 2 of the 1956 World Series
... Right-hander Ricky Nolasco gets the ball for the Dodgers in Game 4 ...
Crawford recorded his fourth career postseason home run ... The 22-year-old
Teheran become the youngest Braves pitcher to start a postseason game since
Steve Avery in 1992 ... Ryu became the first South Korean pitcher to start a
postseason game in MLB history ... Atlanta finished 3-for-11 with runners in
scoring position and left eight men on base.
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