User ID
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Betting Tools

Uribe, Dodgers beat Braves to win NLDS

New customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Juan Uribe hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning after Clayton Kershaw started on short rest for the Dodgers in a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night, sending Los Angeles into the National League championship series for the first time since 2009.

Yasiel Puig doubled down the right-field line leading off the eighth against losing pitcher David Carpenter. The rookie charged into second base and pumped his right fist in the air in celebration. Fans were on their feet chanting ``Let's go Dodgers!'' when Uribe fouled off two bunt attempts, then sent a 2-2 pitch into the Dodgers' bullpen in left field to put them in front for the second time.

Brian Wilson pitched the eighth to get the victory. Kenley Jansen came on in the ninth to earn the save.

Carl Crawford homered his first two times up for the Dodgers, who lost in five games to Philadelphia four years ago in the NLCS.

The Braves took a 3-2 lead in the seventh on pinch-hitter Jose Constanza's RBI single off reliever Ronald Belisario.

The Dodgers gambled in bringing back Kershaw on three days' rest for the first time in his career. But with a chance to close out the series, they opted for their ace over scheduled starter Ricky Nolasco. The move paid off when the 2011 Cy Young Award winner tossed six solid innings before turning it over to the bullpen.

Kershaw squandered a 2-0 lead, giving up two unearned runs and three hits. He struck out six and walked one on 91 pitches.

With one out in the seventh, Elliot Johnson tripled into the right-field corner, sending Puig sliding into the dirt chasing the ball as it caromed off the wall. Constanza, batting for starting pitcher Freddy Garcia, singled into center, scoring Johnson to put the Braves ahead for the first time.

Garcia allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked two.

The Braves tied it 2-all in the fourth, when the Dodgers' defense faltered.

Chris Johnson's RBI single scored Freddie Freeman, who singled leading off, went to second on first baseman Adrian Gonzalez's throwing error and advanced to third on a wild pitch by Kershaw.

Andrelton Simmons grounded into a fielder's choice to third in what should have been an inning-ending double play, but second baseman Mark Ellis' throw to Gonzalez went wide and Evan Gattis scored from third.

Crawford's second homer of the game came in the third, landing deep in the lower right-field seats for a 2-0 lead.

Crawford led off the first with a towering home run to the right-field pavilion, smiling broadly as the Dodgers took a 1-0 lead. His three-run shot - and Uribe's two-run drive - were a big part of their 13-6 victory in Game 3 on Sunday.

The sellout crowd of 54,438 grew rowdy with Kershaw's first pitch, quickly getting on its feet to urge him on after Gonzalez's fielding error led to the left-hander's first baserunner. Kershaw responded by retiring the next three batters in a row to end the first.

NOTES: The last Dodgers pitcher to start on short rest in the playoffs was Derek Lowe, who allowed two runs and six hits in five innings of a no-decision in Game 4 of the NLCS on Oct. 13, 2008, against Philadelphia. ... Crawford's leadoff homer was the second in Dodgers postseason history. Davey Lopes homered leading off Game 6 of the 1978 World Series. He's now the first base coach for the team. ... Kershaw allowed seven unearned runs during the regular season, all of them at Dodger Stadium.

The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2015
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

Zylbert: Thursday's Tip Sheet
Marshall: Playoff Betting Outlook
Sportsbook: Thursday's Playoff Action
Arrieta, Cubs silence Pirates, 4-0
Mets gear up to face 'those 2 animals'
Carpenter boosts Cardinals offense
Puig says he's on Dodgers' playoff roster
High-octane Blue Jays set to swing away
Matheny mum on Cardinals rotation
Why Buy Picks From
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
17-4 L21 G-Plays, +2,514 TY
6-1, +532 MLB Win Streak
4-0 +500 Last 4, +1,413 TY
+1,442 Guaranteed Plays TY
4-1, +320 Last 5 Selections
+1,212 G-Plays TY
8-3 Last 11 MLB Selections
2-0 Y'day, 7-3 L10 G-Plays
+2,007 MLB G-Plays TY
2-0 L2 Picks, 5-2 L7 G-Plays
9-1 L10 Run, 14-4 L18 Totals
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks- ALDS Game 1- Houston Astros at Kansas City Royals
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jimmy Boyd + 2514
Scott Pritchard + 1413
Vince Akins + 1305
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
John Fisher + 1048
Dave Cokin + 992
Doc's Sports + 555
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kyle Hunter + 571
Marc Lawrence + 190
The Gold Sheet + 185
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 2007
Vince Akins + 1442
Jimmy Boyd + 1290
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jimmy Boyd + 2522
Mark Franco + 1698
Vince Akins + 1646
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jimmy Boyd + 646
Stephen Nover + 633
Chip Chirimbes + 434
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership