The game looked like it wanted to go in dozen different directions all at once, squirming and squealing all over the place, unable to lay claim to anything but a wild ride.
And then the
The Dodgers now lead the best-of-five series two games to one, with a chance to close it out in Game 4, scheduled Monday at 6:30 p.m. PT at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers won Sunday’s battle despite a rocky start by
Then the Dodgers took control. They scored two in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead, then four more in the fourth to make it a runaway. After four innings, they had 10 runs on 11 hits.
Just for good measure, they added three more in the eighth. The 13 runs tied a franchise record for most runs in a postseason game, tying the 1956 Dodgers who beat the
The Dodgers got a two-run homer from
Here is an inning-by-inning recap of Game 3:
Dodgers 13, Braves 6 (game over):
Reliever Paco Rodriguez came on to finish it off for the Dodgers in the ninth, but could not get it done.
After an infield hit, he gave up a two-run homer
Rodriguez also gave up a walk and a single, before
Rodriguez, however, has been struggling for over a month now, and may have pitched himself off the playoff roster should the Dodgers advance to the next round.
Three outs to for the Dodgers.
They added three more runs in the eighth after
Adrian Gonzales collected another RBI hit when he singled off reliever
The 13 runs ties the franchise record for runs in a postseason game, tying the 1956 Dodgers who beat the
Things have come to such a crawl, the sellout crowd at
The highlight of the inning was
He emerged unscathed and received a rousing round of applause, including from grateful reliever
They're playing a completely different game now. The Dodgers went in order in the seventh and now haven't had a hit since the fourth inning. Of course, they had 11 hits through four innings.
The Braves are now in that wonderful position, down by six runs with only six outs left.
Geez, this game is boring. Nobody ever scores a run.
The Dodgers were held scoreless for the second consecutive inning. The highlight was when hot-hitting
For the third consecutive inning, reliever
After walking Andrelton Simmons on four pitches, he induced
That has to be it for Capuano, who has thrown 46 pitches. Battling a groin injury, he threw only 3 2/3 innings in all of September. Still, those were three innings to remember for Capuano, who was making the first postseason appearance of his nine-year career.
For the first time all night, they played an entire inning without ethier team scoring.
The Dodgers were retired in order buy Alex Wood.
He's thrown 32 pitches and the Dodgers have no one up in the bullpen, so it appears he'll come out to at least start his third inning of relief.
The Dodgers look like they don't want to play this back-and-forth game any longer.
The Dodgers tried to break the game open by scoring four more in the fourth to take a six-run lead.
He tripled in
It was Uribe's fourth postseason home run.
The Dodgers needed that.
It's turned into a bullpen game now, and the Dodgers need at least two innings out of Capuano.
Yes, it is absolutely going to be one of those games. Both starting pitchers were done before the end of the third.
The Dodgers quickly regained the lead in the bottom of the inning after
Puig hit a grounder to
Puig saw it and started sprinting to second. But Gonzalez was still on the bag after his hard slide. Seeing Puig advancing, Gonzalez quickly rose, picked up his helmet and just got out of the way as Puig slid in ahead of the tag.
Puig's hustle proved important when
That ended the night for both Ryu and
The Braves loaded the baes on three singles to open the inning, and then
Ryu covered at first to catch the relay for the second out, but apparently failied to get his right foot against the bag. He then tried to swipe it with his other foot, but by then Brian McCann was safe and a run had scored. A "Dancing with the Star," judges each gave him two points.
Then he had a brain cramp, fielding a little tapper by
The Dodgers loaded the bases on singles by
That brought up Crawford, who promptly drilled a three-run homer into the Atlanta bullpen. Crawford's last home run was Sept. 27, but prior to that he had not hit a home runs since May 6.
The Dodgers had to find
It was 87 degrees at game time, but no wind, just a gentle breeze.
No early comeback by the Dodgers. They put a runner on second with no outs after
And -- boom! -- the Dodgers are down. Didn't take long for those convinced something is not right with
Ryu gave up two quick runs on three hits and a walk in the first. A one-out double by
The good: Fernando Valenzuela throws out the ceremonial first pitch, wth Mike Brito (the scout who signed him), leaning over the catcher wearing his white fedora, cigar in mouth and radar gun in hand.
The not-so good: They gave out blue hand towels to those in attendance Sunday. Really? This is Los Angeles, not Oklahoma City.
Some of the crowd appears late in arriving. In the house: Sandy Koufax and
There will be more than one rookie starting pitcher taking the mound Sunday in Game 3 of the
But the Braves had also enjoyed a standout rookie season from
Teheran is a 22-year-old right-hander from Colombia who was ranked as the Braves' No.1 prospect for the past three consecutive years. Teheran spent the past six seasons in the minors, trying to win the Braves' favor.
They gave him a spot in their rotation to start the season, and after sporting a 4.57 ERA in his first seven starts, he put together a 2.81 ERA over his last 23 games. He finished the season 14-8 with a 3.20 ERA.
"The fastball command, that's big," Gonzalez said. "If he gets that fastball down and he gets strike one, I think the other stuff will play.
"That's the No.1 thing. If he gets that strike one or gets the fastball where he wants it to be, he'll be very effective today."
Teheran has never faced the Dodgers.