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Chase Utley fuels decisive rally by Dodgers in 5-3, 10-inning win over Braves

Chase Utley fuels decisive rally by Dodgers in 5-3, 10-inning win over Braves

Chase Utley analyzed the path of the baseball and calculated the need to return to second base. He trotted toward the bag with his eyes locked in center field, waiting for a resolution. At last, in the 10th inning of a 5-3 Dodgers victory, the inexperience of the Atlanta Braves showed.

Rookie outfielder Mallex Smith misread the ball as it flew off Justin Turner's bat. After dropping back, he reversed course and charged ahead. He dove and stretched his glove, only to lose his grip on the baseball as he landed. Upon impact, Utley sprinted toward third.

He cast his eyes back to the outfield once more in time to see Smith slip and splat in the Turner Field grass. Utley needed no...

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