Playoff Series: Game 4 of 4

LA Dodgers won 3-1

Game 1: Thursday, October 3
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Game 2: Friday, October 4
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Game 3: Sunday, October 6
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Game 4: Monday, October 7
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    Coverage:  TBS

    9:37 PM ET, October 7, 2013

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    ATL 000200100 3 7 0
    LAD 10100002 - 4 11 2

    W: B. Wilson (1-0)

    L: D. Carpenter (0-1)

    S: K. Jansen (1)

    Braves-Dodgers Preview


    The Los Angeles Dodgers will ask Ricky Nolasco to close out the Atlanta Braves in his postseason debut.

    Nolasco's performance might not matter much if Los Angeles' offense produces like it did Sunday.

    The Dodgers can clinch a trip to their third NLCS in six years Monday night with a win at home over Atlanta in Game 4 of the NL division series.

    Los Angeles overcame a poor pitching performance in Sunday's 13-6 win, taking a 2-1 series lead after matching its franchise record for runs in a postseason game. The then-Brooklyn Dodgers won 13-8 over the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the 1956 World Series.

    Carl Crawford and Juan Uribe each homered -- accounting for five runs -- as the Dodgers totaled 14 hits to compensate for rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu giving up four runs and six hits in three innings in his postseason debut.

    "It was a total team effort," said Crawford, who also turned in a highlight reel-worthy catch, tumbling over the left-field retaining wall to catch a foul ball in the eighth. "Guys were swinging the bat well. That's what it's going to take: 25 guys to do the job and come together play well."

    Hanley Ramirez also continued his tear, going 3 for 4 with a triple and a double to improve to 7 for 13 with six RBIs in the series. His six extra-base hits have tied Carlos Beltran (2004) and Jim Edmonds (2000) for the most in a Division Series.

    "He's in a real good groove right now," Crawford said. "He's in a zone."

    Sunday marked the Dodgers' first home playoff game since 2009 -- which was their second of two straight trips to the NLCS. Nolasco (13-11, 3.70 ERA) will get the chance to send them back, though the club had considered starting series-opening winner Clayton Kershaw if they had lost Game 3.

    "Whatever decision they make is going to be the best decision for the team," Nolasco told the team's official website. "So I'm with whatever. They're the ones who get paid to make those decisions. So I'll be here ready to take the ball whenever they ask me to pitch."

    Nolasco will try to shake off a rough stretch to end the regular season, as he went 0-2 with a 12.75 ERA over his final three starts.

    Brian McCann -- who is 0 for 9 in the series -- is 20 for 58 versus Nolasco with eight home runs, the most by any player against the right-hander. One of those homers came on July 3, though Nolasco limited Atlanta to two runs and six hits over seven innings of a 6-3 victory with Miami. He had been 0-4 with a 7.07 ERA over his previous five matchups with the Braves.

    Atlanta will turn to Freddy Garcia (1-2, 1.65) one day after his 37th birthday for only his second postseason start over the last eight seasons. All three of his starts for the Braves have been quality outings since being acquired from Baltimore on Aug. 23.

    He's 6-3 with a 3.28 ERA over 10 career postseason starts, but the last victory came in the 2005 World Series for the Chicago White Sox. Garcia also owns a 1-1 record and 2.89 ERA in four meetings with the Dodgers, whom he last faced in 2005.

    Ramirez is 3 for 8 off Garcia with a homer and a double.

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    Gameday Matchup

     AtlantaLos Angeles
    Current StreakW1L2
    Last 106-45-5

    Pitching Matchup

    AtlantaLos Angeles
    F. Garcia
    0-0, 3.00 ERA

    Last Game:
    10/7 at LAD
    6.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = ND
    C. Kershaw
    1-0, 0.69 ERA

    Last Game:
    10/18 at STL
    4.0 IP, 7 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.AtlantaLos Angeles
    1. J. Heyward, CF C. Crawford, LF
    2. J. Upton, LF M. Ellis, 2B
    3. F. Freeman, 1B H. Ramirez, SS
    4. E. Gattis, LF A. Gonzalez, 1B
    5. B. McCann, C Y. Puig, RF
    6. C. Johnson, 3B J. Uribe, 3B
    7. A. Simmons, SS S. Schumaker, CF
    8. E. Johnson, 2B A. Ellis, C
    9. F. Garcia, P C. Kershaw, P