LOS ANGELES — Juan Uribe hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning after Clayton Kershaw started on short rest for the Dodgers in a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night, sending Los Angeles into the National League championship series for the first time since 2009.
Yasiel Puig doubled down the right-field line leading off the eighth against losing pitcher David Carpenter. The rookie charged into second and pumped his fist in the air. Uribe then sent a 2-2 pitch into the Dodgers’ bullpen in left field to put them in front for the second time.
Carl Crawford’s second homer of the game came in the third, landing deep in the lower right-field seats for a 2-0 lead.
But the Braves took a 3-2 lead in the seventh on pinch-hitter Jose Constanza’s RBI single off reliever Ronald Belisario.
With one out in the seventh, Elliot Johnson tripled into the right-field corner. Constanza singled to center, scoring Johnson to put the Braves ahead. Atlanta starter Freddy Garcia allowed the two Crawford homers and eight hits in six innings.
The Braves had tied it in the fourth, when the Dodgers’ defense faltered. Chris Johnson’s RBI single scored Freddie Freeman, who singled leading off, went to second on first baseman Adrian Gonzalez’s throwing error and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
Andrelton Simmons grounded into a fielder’s choice, but second baseman Mark Ellis’ throw to Gonzalez went wide and Evan Gattis scored from third.
Brian Wilson pitched the eighth for the win. Kenley Jansen earned the save, striking out Jordan Schafer, Jason Heyward and Justin Upton in the ninth.