The Braves now find themselves in the unenviable position of having to win two must-win games in a row after Julio Teheran took a beating from the Dodgers offense in Game 3. LA put the game away after Teheran departed to win 13-6 and take a 2-1 series lead.
Whether or not it was the jitters over making his first postseason start, Teheran was not himself. Already with a 2-0 lead thanks to RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Chris Johnson in the first inning, Teheran gave up singles to Yasiel Puig and Juan Uribe in the second inning, followed by a walk to A.J. Ellis to load the bases. Teheran's counterpart Hyun-jin Ryu hit a sacrifice fly and then Carl Crawford struck with a three-run homer to give LA the lead.
Ryu, like Teheran, had a rough game as well. Three straight singles loaded the bases in the third inning. Atlanta scored a third run when Ryu fielded the throw on what was supposed to be a double play by Brian McCann but, like Ayala in Game 2, failed to step on first. Chris Johnson then hit a slow roller up the first-base line; Ryu attempted to throw out Freddie Freeman at home, but the throw was late and the score was tied at four.
The score wouldn't stay tied for long, though. Hanley Ramirez continued his hot hitting with a leadoff double in the bottom of the third, and scored on a single by Adrian Gonzalez. A double play grounder turned into a throwing error and Yasiel Puig standing at second base; he later scored on Skip Schumaker's single to left. Teheran gave up one more single before getting the hook.
The game was still manageable at this point, but Alex Wood's error led to a big inning for the Dodgers. Carl Crawford bunted the first pitch from Wood in the fourth right back to him, but Wood bobbled it, allowing Crawford to reach. One out later, Ramirez banged a triple off the outfield wall for another RBI; Puig singled him home before Juan Uribe hit the first pitch over the right-field wall for a two-run homer and a 10-4 lead.
Ryu didn't last past the third inning either. After him came Chris Capuano, and he tossed three innings of relief, walking the leadoff hitter in each of them, but the Atlanta offense could not capitalize.
LA tacked on three more in the eighth once Jordan Walden issued a two-out walk to Mark Ellis. Ramirez, Gonzalez and Puig each delivered run-scoring singles to put the game on ice. Luis Avilan allowed the hits to Gonzalez and Puig.
Jason Heyward hit a two-run homer in the ninth, his first postseason home run.
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