The Braves' offense cut the deficit in half in the top of the third, with one run on an Escobar single that dropped in just shy of the foul line in right field, the other on Melky Cabrera's broken-bat grounder to the left side. Dodgers third baseman Jamey Carroll was given an error on the play, which was tough to make with a bat shard flying toward him.From there, Kawakami and Kershaw butted heads until the seventh. "After the first two innings, he was lights out," Cox said. "I thought he pitched really well after the first two. In the first two, the ball kept running down the middle of the plate, and he couldn't control it where he wanted to on the corners. After that, he was lights out, pitched a gritty tough game." Kershaw let up a one-out single to Omar Infante and a two-out walk to Troy Glaus in the seventh, ending his night at 110 pitches. On came Hong-Chih Kuo, who had allowed just five hits all season -- none to a left-hander -- and hadn't allowed a run in 13 1/3 innings. His ERA was 1.32. Escobar, though, is a right-handed hitter, and he lined a ball into left that Manny Ramirez drudged after for a two-run double that tied the game at 4. "I know he's got great stuff," Escobar said. "I just wanted to make contact off of him." Kawakami's 110th pitch in the seventh was his last, too, as he completed an intentional one-out walk to Ramirez. Andre Ethier stood on second after a ground-rule double one at-bat previous. O'Flaherty had struck out Ethier with two on in the eighth inning of Thursday night's win, but he came in Friday and gave up a first-pitch RBI single to center for Loney. The Braves went down in order in the eighth and ninth. "You want to come out and win every game you can," Heyward said. "They jumped out to an early lead, and they did a great job of answering back."
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.