Reliever Kenley Jansen came on in the ninth inning of the Dodgers division playoff game against the Braves Monday at Dodgers Stadium with a berth in the Natonal League Championship Series on the line.
Juan Uribe had rallied the Dodgers from a 3-2 deficit in the bottom of the eighth with a no-doubter two-run homer on a 3-2 count, and then Jensen preserved the Dodgers joyride.
The Dodgers captured a 4-3 comeback victory at Dodger Stadium over the Atlanta Braves in their division series.
The Dodgers became the first team to clinch a division series, defeating the Braves, 3-1, in the series. The victory advances the Dodgers to the National League Championship Series, where they’ll play the winner of the Pittsburgh Pirates-St. Louis Cardinals series, which is tied, 2-2.
Manager Don Mattingly at first asked Uribe to bunt after Yasiel Puig led off the eighth inning with a double. Twice Uribe failed to get the bunt down.
Then on a 2-2 pitch, he crushed a David Carpenter pitch to the left field corner. The sellout crowd at Dodger Stadium exploded, absolutely rocking the ballpark.
If the series turned into a battle of bullpens, the Braves were supposed to have the edge, but Uribe changed that conversation.
Closer Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth, and the Dodgers began to celebrate on the field and blue and silver streamers were released over the stadium.
Outfielder Carl Crawford hit two solo home runs, but the Dodgers committed two errors that gave the lead away.