One day after almost everything went right for the Dodgers, precious little did.
They received a strong outing from Zack Greinke and Hanley Ramirez had three extra-base hits, but otherwise little fell into place Friday in their 4-3 loss in Game 2 of their National League division series with the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.
The Atlanta victory evened the best-of-five series at a game apiece. Game 3 is scheduled Sunday at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers could never come up with the big hit Friday, bouncing into three key double plays. And then there were the seven runners left on base and managerial decisions by Don Mattingly that largely seemed to backfire.
Greinke pitched well, but left trailing 2-1 after six innings.
The Braves wanted to turn this series into a battle of bullpens, and despite giving up a two-run homer to Ramirez in the eighth, their bullpen was the difference.
Here's an inning-by-inning recap of Game 2:
Braves 4, Dodgers 3 (middle of ninth):
Craig Kimbrel, yeah him, did what he almost always does with a lead. He closed the Dodgers down, if awkwardly, to collect the save. That's one for the postseason, and 50 for the regular season.
A.J. Ellis did work a one-out walk to open the inning, but pinch-runner Dee Gordon was thrown out attempting to steal. Replays, however, indicated Gordon might have been safe.
Andre Ethier then drew another walk, but Kimbrel struck out Carl Crawford to end it.
Braves 4, Dodgers 3 (end of eighth):
Brian Wilson pitched in his second consecutive game, retiring the Braves in order.
Now it's onto the ninth and facing Kimbrel, who made good on 50 of 54 save opportunities this season.
Braves 4, Dodgers 3 (middle of eighth):
The Dodgers at least made it interesting.
Right-hander David Carpenter gave up a leadoff walk to Mark Ellis and then saw Hanley Ramirez almost perfectly place a two-run homer just over the left-field wall and just inside the left-field foul pole.
Ramirez also has two doubles.
But Carpeneter then struck out Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig, and baseball's best closer, Craig Kimbrel came in early to get Juan Uribe on a bouncer.