Dodgers beat Braves to advance

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LOS ANGELES: The Los Angeles Dodgers advanced to the National League Championship Series for the first time since 2009 by beating Atlanta 4-3 in Game Four of their opening round playoff series on Monday.

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Juan Uribe’s two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth lifted the Dodgers to victory and capped a late-inning rally at Dodger Stadium. It was Uribe’s second career playoff go-ahead homer in eighth inning or later.

Leading 3-2, Atlanta sent David Carpenter to the mound. But Yasiel Puig led off the eighth with a double down the right-field line. Uribe then clubbed a 2-2 pitch over the wall in leftfield.

Kenley Jansen tossed a perfect ninth to put the Dodgers in the Major League Baseball’s semi-finals for the third time in the past six years.

Los Angeles will face either St. Louis or Pittsburgh in the next round. The Cardinals beat the Pirates on Monday to even their opening round playoff series at two games apiece.

AFP

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