LOS ANGELES — Juan Uribe hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning after Clayton Kershaw started on short rest for the Dodgers in a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night, sending Los Angeles into the National League championship series for the first time since 2009.
Yasiel Puig doubled down the right-field line leading off the eighth against losing pitcher David Carpenter. The rookie charged into second base and pumped his right fist in the air in celebration. Fans were on their feet chanting “Let’s go Dodgers!” when Uribe fouled off two bunt attempts, then sent a 2-2 pitch into the Dodgers’ bullpen in left field to put them in front for the second time.
Brian Wilson pitched the eighth to get the victory. Kenley Jansen came on in the ninth to earn the save.
Carl Crawford homered his first two times up for the Dodgers, who lost in five games to Philadelphia four years ago in the NLCS.
The Braves took a 3-2 lead in the seventh on pinch-hitter Jose Constanza’s RBI single off reliever Ronald Belisario.
Cardinals 2, Pirates 1
Rookie Michael Wacha took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning and St. Louis showed off its October poise, edging Pittsburgh and setting up a winner-take-all Game 5 in the NL division series.
The Cardinals improved to 7-1 over the last three years when facing elimination in the postseason.
Pedro Alvarez hit his third home run of the series, connecting with one out in the eighth for Pittsburgh’s only hit in Game 4.
Wacha and the St. Louis bullpen made Matt Holliday’s two-run homer stand up. Trevor Rosenthal worked around a two-out walk in the ninth, retiring Andrew McCutchen on a popup for his first postseason save.
Game 5 will be Wednesday in St. Louis, with ace Adam Wainwright starting for the Cardinals.
Rays 5, Red Sox 4
Jose Lobaton hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning into the giant fish tank beyond the center-field wall, and Tampa Bay staved off elimination once again by beating visiting Boston.
Evan Longoria had a three-run homer and the Rays averted a playoff sweep, cutting Boston’s lead to 2-1 in the best-of-five series. Game 4 is tonight at Tropicana Field, with Jake Peavy starting for the Red Sox against Jeremy Hellickson.
Athletics 6, Tigers 3
Brandon Moss, Josh Reddick and Seth Smith homered for Oakland, which chased Anibal Sanchez in the fifth inning and defeated host Detroit for a 2-1 AL division series lead.
The Athletics will go for the series victory today.