Braves battle to Game Two win over Dodgers

Sat Oct 5, 2013 7:50pm EDT
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(Reuters) - The Atlanta Braves scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 on Friday and square their National League Division Series at one game each.

After losing the first game of the best-of-five series at home, the Braves were under enormous pressure to get back on level terms before heading to California for Game Three.

And they came through, just, thanks to a two-run, two-out single by Jason Heyward with the bases loaded that gave the Braves a vital 4-1 cushion.

The Dodgers responded when Hanley Ramirez muscled a two-run home run off David Carpenter in the top of the eighth to make it a one-run game, but they could not add to their score.

"It was a big win," said Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzales. "You don't want to go to LA down two games.

"The guys stepped up and played tremendous defense, got some add-on runs and really pitched well."

Craig Kimbrel closed out for the Braves, though the home fans had to endure some nervous moments.

Dodgers pinch runner Dee Gordon almost stole second base in the final inning but was judged out in a very close call for the second out, before Carl Crawford struck out to end the game.

"We thought he (Gordon) was safe," said LA manager Don Mattingly. "Our replays, we feel like are fairly clear but I'm sure other people see it another way."   Continued...

Oct 4, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves center fielder Jason Heyward (22) celebrates with first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at Turner Field. The Braves won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports