Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ninety-seven pitches into his postseason
debut, Mike Minor walked off the mound with a runner on second base and his
team clinging to a one-run lead.
The Atlanta Braves needed a stopper to tie the National League Division Series
and the left-hander gave them all he had.
The bullpen scratched together the rest.
Minor gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings Friday night and the Braves held on to
beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-3, in Game 2 to knot their Division Series at
one game apiece.
Jason Heyward's two-run single in the seventh gave Atlanta the insurance runs
it needed for its first postseason win in three years.
Hanley Ramirez's two-run homer in the eighth got the Dodgers within a run, but
Craig Kimbrel came on for a four-out save.
Kimbrel walked two in the ninth, but Gerald Laird threw out pinch-runner Dee
Gordon on a close play and Kimbrel struck out Carl Crawford with a runner on
first to end the game.
Dodgers pitchers had 15 strikeouts in a 6-1 win in Game 1 on Thursday night,
including 12 by ace Clayton Kershaw.
Game 3 is Sunday in Los Angeles with Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran going
against Dodgers rookie left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu.
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