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October 7, 2013

Braves on the brink of elimination in NLDS

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Los Angeles extended its lead to 10-4 with four runs in the fourth. Ramirez had an RBI triple for his sixth extra-base hit in three postseason games, tying the club record set by Steve Garvey in four games of the 1978 NL championship series.

"He's in a real good groove right now. He's in a zone. We're just trying to get on base for him and he's been driving us in," Crawford said. "He's pretty locked right now."

Puig added an RBI single and Uribe followed with a two-run homer on the first pitch he saw from Wood.

The Dodgers regained the lead 6-4 in the third on RBI singles by Adrian Gonzalez and Skip Schumaker. Ryu was lifted for a pinch-hitter later in the inning.

Atlanta tied it 4-all in the third, helped by Ryu's major miscues. The left-hander loaded the bases on consecutive singles to Justin Upton, Freddie Freeman and Evan Gattis with no outs. Brian McCann grounded into a fielder's choice to first base, and Ryu got there late. He missed the bag after taking the throw and desperately stuck his right foot back to tap the bag, but a sprinting McCann was already safe.

Ryu's second mistake followed on Chris Johnson's dribbler up the first base line that allowed Freeman to score on the fielder's choice groundout. Ryu took the ball and threw to the plate with no chance to get Freeman.

Mattingly reacted in the dugout, saying, "No," while removing his cap and scratching his head.

The Dodgers scored four runs in the second to take a 4-2 lead, highlighted by Crawford's three-run homer with two outs. Ryu helped himself with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to right field — Upton had to stretch out to keep the ball from going over his head.

Ryu often started slowly in the regular season, when he gave up 17 first-inning runs in 30 starts. The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the first on two-out RBI singles by Gattis and Johnson.

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