(LOS ANGELES) — Juan Uribe’s two-run home run in the eighth inning gave Los Angeles the lead for good, as the Dodgers advance to their first NLCS since 2009 by beating the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Monday.
The Dodgers won the best-of-five series 3-1.
Los Angeles was trailing 3-2 when Yasiel Puig led off the eighth with a double. Uribe was next up and was told to bunt. Uribe attempted twice to lay down the sacrifice but both attempts were fouled off. So instead of moving the runner up, Uribe sent him home by hitting the two-run blast.
“As soon as he hit it I knew it was gone,” Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly said.
Uribe wasn’t the only Dodger blasting home runs. Carl Crawford hit two, giving him three in the last two games.
Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who was pitching on three day’s rest, went six innings, allowing three hits, no earned runs, one walks and six strikeouts.
“I might never get to do this again,” Kershaw said when asked what he thought about pitching on three days rest for the first time. “If Donny wanted me to pitch tomorrow I would…this is the postseason. All that other preparation, ‘Is he going to be ready?’ ‘Is he going to be tired?’ you just throw that out the window. That doesn’t matter, you just go.”
The Dodgers continue their quest for their first World Series title since 1988. Next up, the winner of the Cardinals/Pirates series.
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Jill Martin, CNN