That's all, folks.
Freddy Garcia pitched valiantly and matched Clayton Kershaw for six innings. He gave up two home runs to Carl Crawford, one in the first and again in the third inning, but Atlanta tied the score thanks to some shaky Dodgers defense in the fourth. After Freeman singled leading off, Evan Gattis hit a sharp ground ball to first, but Adrian Gonzalez rushed his throw to second trying to force Freeman and threw it past Hanley Ramirez. After a wild pitch, Chris Johnson plated Freeman with a single to left. Andrelton Simmons came up and hit what was sure to be a double play grounder, but Freeman's hard takeout slide at second forced a bad throw by Mark Ellis, allowing Simmons to reach safely and Gattis to score the tying run.
Garcia certainly made pitches when he needed to. Following Crawford's second homer, Garcia gave up a double to Mark Ellis but then struck out Hanley Ramirez and coaxed a groundout out of Adrian Gonzalez. When Crawford stole second with one out in the fifth, Garcia struck out Ellis and got Ramirez to ground out. His last inning, the sixth, was arguably his toughest: Gonzalez singled to start the inning before being erased on a double play by Yasiel Puig; Juan Uribe then doubled but Garcia retired A.J. Ellis on a groundout.
With Kershaw finally out of the game, the Atlanta offense took advantage. Elliot Johnson, 0 for the series, lines a one-out triple against Ronald Belisario past Yasiel Puig. Jose Constanza, perhaps the most unlikely of heroes, singles to center to score Elliot, giving the Braves a 3-2 lead.
Luis Avilan dodged seventh-inning trouble, working around a two-out double by Mark Ellis, getting Adrian Gonzalez to fly out with two on.
Six outs from winning and forcing Game 5, David Carpenter enters the game. Craig Kimbrel was loosening in the bullpen in case of any trouble, but Carpenter ran into trouble right away when Yasiel Puig doubled to right. Juan Uribe intended to bunt Puig to third, but failed twice and opted to swing instead. Uribe got a hanger, and he didn't miss it, sticking it into the Dodgers bullpen and sticking a knife in the Braves' hopes of a deep playoff run.
For a team that hit a whole bunch of home runs, the Braves hit a total of one in the series and, ironically, were beaten with the home run and now have to wait six months for another chance.
Have we seen Brian McCann's last game in a Braves uniform? This was a heck of a season, winning 96 games without two key relievers and two hitters hitting under .200 for most of the year. It's going to be another long winter.
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