LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers scored 10 runs in the first four innings and cruised to a 13-6 victory over the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of the National League Division Series Sunday night.
The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. They would move on to the NL Championship Series with a win in Game 4 on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.
Carl Crawford struck the big blow, a three-run home run in a four-run second inning that set the tone of the ballgame. Juan Uribe hit a two-run homer, Hanley Ramirez finished a home run short of hitting for the cycle, and Yasiel Puig collected three hits, three runs and two RBIs for the Dodgers, who totaled 14 hits.
The 13 runs tied a Dodgers record for runs in a postseason game, matching the total the Brooklyn Dodgers put up against the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the 1956 World Series.
All the offense rendered meaningless Dodger pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu's poor performance in his first career postseason start. Ryu, who went 14-8 during the regular season, lasted just three innings, giving up four runs and six hits.
Chris Capuano, regularly a starter but on the postseason roster as a long reliever, got the victory with three scoreless innings in relief of Ryu. He didn't allow a hit, though he walked the first batter in each of his three innings. Capuano struck out three.
Braves starter Julio Teheran was knocked out after 2 2/3 innings. He allowed six runs on eight hits and one walk.
Evan Gattis had three hits, and Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman each had two for the Braves, who also got a two-run homer in the ninth inning from Jason Heyward.
The Braves took an early lead with two runs in the first inning off Ryu. Both runs scored on two-out hits, RBI singles by Gattis and Chris Johnson.
The Dodgers rallied for four runs in the second inning off Teheran after loading the bases with one out. Ryu drove in the first run of the inning with a sacrifice fly, and Crawford followed with his three-run blast, giving the Dodgers a 4-2 lead.
Ryu, though, gave it back in the third inning after the Braves loaded the bases on consecutive singles by Upton, Freeman and Gattis with no outs. The Braves scored two runs in the inning to tie the game at 4, with Ryu hurting his cause when he couldn't find first base with his foot on a potential 3-6-1 double play.
The Dodgers regained the lead at 6-4 in the bottom of the third with two more runs. Ramirez began the inning with a double, and he scored on a single by Adrian Gonzalez. Later in the inning, Puig scored on a two-out single by Skip Schumaker.
The Dodgers continued their offensive onslaught in the fourth against Braves reliever Alex Wood, scoring four more runs. Ramirez had an RBI triple, Puig an RBI single and Uribe added his two-run shot for a 10-4 Dodgers lead.
NOTES: RHP Freddy Garcia spent a large part of the season in Triple-A, but he will start for the Braves on Monday night in Game 4. Atlanta acquired Garcia in late August and he joined the big league club Sept. 1. He went 1-2 with a 1.65 ERA in six regular-season appearances for the Braves, including three starts. ... RHP Ricky Nolasco is the Dodgers' scheduled starter for Game 4 Monday night, but leading up to Game 3, manager Don Mattingly said he was not ruling out starting LHP Clayton Kershaw on three days' rest if the Dodgers were to lose Game 3. That scenario will not come into play. ... Mattingly and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez used the same starting lineups (except for the pitcher spot) in each of the series' first three games.