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October 4, 2013

Minor leads Braves past Dodgers 4-3, series tied

ATLANTA — Flashing plenty of fire and some nifty defense, the Atlanta Braves recaptured their Turner Field swagger.

Now, they’re headed to Dodger Stadium with the NL division series all tied up.

Minor pitched six strong innings in his first postseason start, Jason Heyward had a two-run single and Atlanta made one slick play after another in the field, holding off Los Angeles 4-3 on Friday night to even the best-of-five series at one game apiece.

Just what the Braves needed after an ugly 6-1 loss in the opener — their first postseason win at the Ted since the 2005 NLDS, snapping a streak of four straight defeats at a park where they had the best home record in the majors during the regular season.

“We definitely didn’t want to lose two games in front of our home crowd,” Chris Johnson said.

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