LOS ANGELES — Former Rays All-Star Carl Crawford hit a three-run homer, Juan Uribe added a two-run shot and the Dodgers routed the Braves 13-6 on Sunday night for a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five National League Division Series.
Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig had three hits and three runs each for Los Angeles, which matched a franchise record for runs in a postseason game. Brooklyn beat the Yankees 13-8 in Game 2 of the 1956 World Series.
The Dodgers can advance to the NL Championship Series with a victory at home in Game 4 tonight. Ricky Nolasco pitches for manager Don Mattingly's Dodgers against veteran Freddy Garcia.
Crawford, a former Gold Glove winner, made the play of the game when he tumbled head over heels at the low retaining wall in leftfield and onto his head to catch a foul ball in the eighth. The speedy leadoff man also scored three times, including once in the eighth when the Dodgers made it 13-4.
Chris Capuano won in relief of ineffective rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Los Angeles rallied in the third to regain the lead for good after Atlanta tied it in the top half at 4. After that, the Braves managed little besides Jason Heyward's two-run homer in the ninth.
By then, it was way too late.
Atlanta starter Julio Teheran and Ryu made inauspicious postseason debuts in the first matchup of rookie pitchers in the playoffs since 2007. Neither stayed around long.
In addition to being shaky on the mound, Ryu made two major mistakes in the field before giving way to Capuano, who spent most of the season in the rotation before moving to the bullpen.
With the Dodgers owning a six-run lead in their first home playoff game since 2009, fans waved blue souvenir towels with one hand and made chopping motions with the other in mocking Atlanta's tomahawk chop.