Dodgers eliminate Braves

L.A. 4, ATLANTA 3

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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.

Atlanta's Freddy Garcia allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings.  MARK J. TERRILL/ASSOCIATED PRESS
MARK J. TERRILL/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Atlanta's Freddy Garcia allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings.

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.

TODAY’S GAMES

• Athletics ( Dan Straily 10-8) at Tigers (Doug Fister 14-9), Game 4, 5:07 p.m. (TBS)

• Red Sox (Jake Peavy 12-5) at Rays (Jeremy Hellickson 12-10), Game 4, 8:37 (TBS)

MONDAY’S SCORES

Athletics 6, Tigers 3

Cardinals 2, Pirates 1

Rays 5, Red Sox 4

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rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 10/08/13 - 08:34 am
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I predicted Dodgers in 4. Just wait until next year----- when Uggla and B.J. learn how to play the game. Or maybe not.

Jake
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Jake 10/08/13 - 09:36 am
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Autumn

Autumn is a nice time of year. I can see why it is called "Fall". Leaves "fall" and the Braves "fall". Happens every year.

d1zmljqg
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d1zmljqg 10/08/13 - 09:51 am
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As we said last year

wait 'til next year.

myfather15
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myfather15 10/08/13 - 12:03 pm
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If the Braves don't get rid

If the Braves don't get rid of Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton; they are going to be right back here next year, IF they even make the playoffs. This year, we played in a really weak division. If we had been in the NL Central, I feel we wouldn't have made the playoffs. But Philly, Washington and Miami were all weak teams this year.

Chipper Jones and Dale Murphy called it earlier this year, during a game. They both said a team that hits a ton of homeruns and strikes out a lot, will not succeed in the postseason. They will do well in the regular season, against inferior pitchers, but not in the playoffs. Why? Because in the postseason you are facing the BEST pitchers, who aren't going to give up as many homeruns. We saw this with the Braves striking out 15 times in the first game of this series.

I'm sick to my stomach that we lost last night, but it wasn't totally unexpected. Brian McCann, one of our best hitters, went 0-13 in the series and struck out 4 times last night. We lived and died by the long ball all season and the long ball KILLED us in the post season. You're not going to hit many long balls off Clayton Kershaw.

I hope to see Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton playing for other teams next year, but I doubt it will happen. We owe them too much money and no team will take their sorry preformance for that amount (Uggla 13 million next year, B.J. Upton 17.5 million). Frank Wren was stupid to sign Upton for the largest contract in Braves history (5 year-75 Million). Upton is a career .248 hitter, unreal that Wren gave him that contract and it will set up back for years to come. We now can't resign Brian McCann.

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justthefacts 10/08/13 - 12:34 pm
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myfather

Good post. Although McCann is not worth the $18M he will probably command. He belongs in the American League.

KSL
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KSL 10/08/13 - 04:09 pm
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Yeah! I am a Dodger fan.

Yeah! I am a Dodger fan.

myfather15
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myfather15 10/08/13 - 05:07 pm
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I agree, McCann is not worth

I agree, McCann is not worth 17+ million, especially not when we've got Gattis who can immediately fill that need. We need to let McCann go, put Gattis behind the plate and get an outfielder who can hit for HIGH AVERAGE, not home runs and strikeouts!!

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class1 10/08/13 - 10:02 pm
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Wait till next year again!

Good pitching and good defense will always stop good hitting in a short series. Braves were built for the season and not the playoffs. In the playoffs, you only face the first three starters and not starters four and five.

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