What initially looked like an unfolding crisis quickly turned into the
In defeating the Braves, 13-6, to take a two-games-to-one lead in the best-of-five
Hyun-Jin Ryu melted down spectacularly in his first career postseason start, but the rookie left-hander's three-inning appearance had little bearing on the final results, as
"Ryu wasn't his best, but we picked him up," second baseman
The Dodgers finished with 14 hits, including home runs by
"We're a team that's built around offense," catcher
With a victory Monday night at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers can advance to the NL Championship Series. Even if they drop Game 4, they can be eliminated only if the Braves win a game started by
With two rookie pitchers on the mound in Ryu and Braves starter
Ryu gave up two runs in the first inning, which Teheran followed by serving up four in the second. The Dodgers moved in front, 4-2, on a three-run home run by Crawford, who hit one home run in the regular season after May 6.
"It changed the whole game," A.J. Ellis said of Crawford's home run.
Ryu gave up the lead in the third inning, as a couple of his defensive gaffes resulted in two runs. He cost the Dodgers a double play when he received a throw from Ramirez but failed to step on first base.
Later in the inning, Ryu fielded a weak comebacker and tossed the ball home, even though he didn't have a force at the plate.
The Dodgers made their decisive move in the bottom half of the inning.
Ramirez doubled and scored on a single to center field by
Gonzalez's greatest contribution that inning might not have been that hit, but a take-out slide.
Gonzalez slid into second baseman
Gonzalez, who frequently jokes about his lack of speed, smiled when asked about his slide.
"I don't get many opportunities to do that because I don't get there quite often," Gonzalez said. "When I get the opportunity, I'm going to take advantage of it. Elliot told me afterwards I got him pretty good. That was a good feeling."
The third inning marked the end of both Ryu and Teheran's nights.
Of Teheran, Fredi Gonzalez said, "I think he just left some balls over the plate and made some mistakes. And with this club, if you do that, you're going to look down at a gas tank with a lighted match."
The Dodgers added four more runs in the fourth inning, which included a run-scoring triple by Ramirez and a two-run home run by Uribe.
The triple was Ramirez's sixth extra-base hit of the series, which tied a franchise record for the most extra-base hits in a playoff series. The other players with as many were
But there were some scares in the late innings. Crawford went head-first into the stands along the left-field line after catching a foul ball in the eighth inning. A.J. Ellis was hit by a pitch on his left elbow in the bottom of the inning.
And after Paco Rodriguez gave up two runs in the ninth inning, Mattingly brought in closer