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 Dodgers suddenly seem to say enough, that they had other things in mind, and the seized control with a 13-6 victory Sunday at Dodger Stadium that may also have seized control of their National League division series against the Atlanta Braves.
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 Hyun-Jin Ryu that has to leave them concerned. They fell behind 2-0 and came back behind a three-run homer from Carl Crawford to take a 4-2 lead, only to see the Braves answer with two in the top of the third to tie it again.
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 New York Yankees, 13-8, in Game 2 of the World Series.
The Dodgers got a two-run homer from Juan Uribe, a triple, double and single from Hanley Ramirez, three hits, three runs and two RBIs from Yasiel Puig and three badly needed scoreless innings of relief from Chris Capuano.
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 Jason Heyward. That would be the same Heyward who lined a two-run single off Rodriguez to win Game 2 for the Braves.
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 Hanley Ramirez continued his terrific series by lining a run-scoring single. It was the first single of his seven series hits.