ATLANTA — Flashing plenty of fire and some nifty defense, the Braves recaptured their Turner Field swagger.
Now they head to Dodger Stadium with the National League division series tied at one game each.
Mike Minor pitched six strong innings in his first postseason start, Jason Heyward had a two-run single and Atlanta's defense made one slick play after another Friday in a 4-3 win over Los Angeles.
Atlanta's first postseason win at Turner Field since the 2005 division series snapped a four-game skid at a park where they had the best home record in the majors in the regular season.
"We definitely didn't want to lose two games in front of our home crowd," infielder Chris Johnson said.
The Braves turned three double plays, none more crucial than the one reliever Luis Avilan started in the seventh to escape the inning with a 2-1 lead intact.
Gerald Laird and Andrelton Simmons combined for another huge defensive stop in the ninth when pinch-runner Dee Gordon tried to steal second on closer Craig Kimbrel. Catcher Laird unleashed a strong throw that Simmons scooped on a short hop while making the tag in one motion, all while blocking Gordon's left hand from the bag with his knee.
Gordon was wide-eyed in disbelief at the call. But Dodgers manager Don Mattingly had a good look at it from the third-base dugout and didn't raise a peep.
"That's a big throw," Laird said. "(If he's safe), then we walk a guy, and the next thing you know, it's first and second, and they get a bloop single and get the lead."
Kimbrel ended it by striking out former Rays star Carl Crawford with a 98 mph fastball.