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Braves piece together victory in Game 2 to even series

11:36 PM, Oct 4, 2013   |    comments
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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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