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Screen Shot 2013-10-08 at 10.05.01 AMThe Dodgers are headed to the NLCS after powering their way past the Braves in Game 4 of the NLDS Monday night thanks to a big swing of the bat and a 4-3 victory.

Clayton Kershaw got the call on three days rest and did not disappoint in place of scheduled starter Ricky Nolasco, who was scratched about six hours prior to the game.

He pitched 6.0 innings and allowed two runs (none earned) on three hits, walked a batter and struck out six, lowering his postseason ERA to 0.69.

Help was on the way early as Carl Crawford homered not once, but twice off Braves starter Freddy Garcia, his second and third long balls in two games.

Bear in mind he hit six throughout the regular season.

TBS announcer and former Reds pitcher Ron Darling pointed out a few times that Kershaw looked sharper than he did in his first outing in Game 1, and it was evident. He had control of his fastball and his breaking ball was filthy.

But the Dodgers’ defense would let him down with two key errors, including a premature throw from Adrian Gonzalez to Hanley Ramirez, allowing Freddie Freeman to get on base.

It allowed for Chris Johnson to cash-in Freeman to cut the lead in half. The next batter was Andrelton Simmons, who grounded to Juan Uribe, who made a clean turn of the throw to Mark Ellis, who was then taken out by Johnson at second, which caused his throw to be misguided toward Gonzalez’s glove as the game was tied.

Kershaw continued to deal and hold his own, but the mistakes added to his pitch count, which capped at 91 after he threw 124 in Game 1.

With the score tied at 2-2 it was down to the bullpen – Atlanta’s strength.

First up, Ronald Belisario for the Dodgers, and it took two batters for him to get into trouble. Elliot Johnson was 1-for-11 in the series before tripling off Belisario as Yasiel Puig misplayed what should have been a double. Pinch-hitter Jose Constanza would make him pay with a single off the bench.

Life seemed to be sucked out of the Dodgers and their fans.

But hope was not lost.

The Braves called for set-up man David Carpenter to pave the way for closer Craig Kimbrel.

First up: Puig. The result? A lead-off double. The effect? Kimbrel began to warm up.

Next up was Juan Uribe who was asked to bunt and sacrifice Puig over to third base being that there was no outs.

Uribe obliged and fouled off the first pitch. Then he struggled and punched the second pitch foul to the right side. It prompted third base coach Tim Wallach to come out and re-instruct Uribe.

Two pitches later, history was made.

Uribe connected on a pitch and obliterated it to deep-left field and gone for a 2-run home run and all the momentum the Dodgers would need to avoid a trip to Atlanta.

Closer Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth to eliminate the Braves and hand the Dodgers the series 3-1.

About 20,000 fans stood in the stands to celebrate the victory with the Dodgers about an hour following the victory.

With the other NLDS series tied at 2-2 the Dodgers will watch Wednesday to learn if they will play the Cardinals or Pirates. A win by the Cardinals would mean the Dodgers will travel to St. Louis for Game 1 Friday. Should the Pirates win, the Dodgers will host Game 1 Friday.

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