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ATLANTA -- The Braves are supposed to be a team that relies on strong pitching and home runs. Instead, Atlanta evened its NL division series against the Los Angeles Dodgers with clutch defence as the complement for Mike Minors strong start. Jason Heyward drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the seventh, Minor allowed only one run and the Braves turned three double plays in their 4-3 win over Los Angeles on Friday night. The defence delivered another key play in the ninth when catcher Gerald Laird threw out pinch-runner Dee Gordon trying to steal second base. The series shifts to Los Angeles tied 1-1. The Braves knew they couldnt afford a second straight home loss. "We definitely didnt want to lose two games in front of our home crowd," said Chris Johnson, who had two hits, including a fourth-inning single that gave Atlanta a 2-1 lead. Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez drove in three runs with three hits, including a two-run homer in the eighth that cut the Braves lead to one run. The homer added more value to Heywards two-run single in the seventh. With the Braves leading 2-1, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly ordered an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Reed Johnson, loading the bases for Heyward. Mattingly wanted left-hander Paco Rodriguez to face Heyward, a left-handed hitter. Heyward drilled a two-run single up the middle for a 4-1 lead. Mattingly said Rodriguez "is a guy we think gets Heyward out. Been getting those guys out all year long for us." The decision to face Heyward instead of Johnson left room for second-guessing. "I mean, you think you obviously look at everything, but were down 2-1," Mattingly said. "Yeah, you always look back at everything. You could have done this, you could have done that. I think you look at it honestly and see what you think." Heyward said he understood the strategy. "Play the matchups," Heyward said. "Thats what the post-season is about. You go lefty-lefty there. "Im glad to have an opportunity to come through big for my team right there. I got a pitch and didnt miss it." Minor allowed one run on eight hits and one walk in 6 1-3 innings. The Braves last double play ended the seventh after the Dodgers had runners on first and third with one out following a pinch-hit infield single by Michael Young. Reliever Luis Avilan fielded a grounder by Carl Crawford and made a quick and accurate throw to shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who then fired to first to complete the double play. Simmons said he didnt expect Ayala to come to second with his throw. "I was hoping hed go home," Simmons said. "He kind of caught (the grounder) a little weird and I was scared he was going to make a bad throw. He made a good throw and it was a good play." Simmons jumped in the air after making the throw to first as Ayala pumped his fist on the mound and Minor applauded in the dugout. "We played good defence," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, who said Avilan made a bold throw. "You see a lot of those plays end up in centre field," Gonzalez said. Zack Greinke allowed two runs on only four hits and no walks in 6 innings. Right-hander Chris Withrow allowed two runs in the seventh. The Braves also turned double plays in the second and third innings follow leadoff singles by Juan Uribe and Crawford, respectively. David Carpenter almost lost the 4-1 lead in the eighth. Carpenter walked Mark Ellis to open the inning before Ramirez made contact on an awkward, lunging swing for a two-run homer that landed in the first row of the left-field seats. Ramirez also had two doubles, including one that drove in a run in the first. Carpenter recovered to strike out Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez brought in closer Craig Kimbrel for the final four outs. Kimbrels fastball was clocked at 100 mph when Uribe grounded out to hit the eighth. Kimbrel hit 100 mph again in the ninth when he struck out Skip Schumaker before walking A.J. Ellis. Gordon, running for Ellis, was called out on the close play trying to steal second. Mattingly said after watching a replay he thought Gordon was safe. Said Gordon: "I really dont want to talk about it. You guys saw the replay. ... I felt like everything was good. Simmons blocked the bag and I felt like I got under it. "I need to do better at my job and make sure Im safe next time." Kimbrel walked pinch-hitter Andre Ethier before striking out Crawford to end the game. NOTES: The Dodgers stranded baserunners on first and third in the sixth when Minor struck out Uribe. ... Former Braves manager Bobby Cox threw out the first pitch, making the throw all the way to pitcher Tim Hudson behind the plate. ... 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"It just runs through your veins and grabs a hold of you." Along with goaltender Kevin Lalande, Platt is one of two Canadian-born players representing host Belarus at the world hockey championship and playing major roles in what might be the best international showing in the countrys history. Led by Canadian-born coach Glen Hanlon, Belarus is in the quarter-finals for just the third time and the first since 2009. This is the biggest event Belarus has ever hosted, so Minsk has been partying for two weeks. And this team is giving locals another reason to celebrate. "You have to understand the magnitude (of) what this means to them," Hanlon said. "Its bigger than just a game. This is their chance to show everybody." By show everybody, Hanlon means the city, which is decked out in IIHF signs welcoming the world and reminding them in the form of giant bison mascots that hockey is happening here. Inside the 15,000-seat Minsk Arena, home of the KHLs Dynamo Minsk, good hockey has been happening for Belarus. Lalande, a native of Ottawa who plays for Dynamo and gained citizenship, has been stellar and Platt has added timely offence. But the Canadian imports want the credit to go to leading scorers Mikhail Grabovski and Sergei Kostitsyn. "Players are playing for this symbol, and it means a lot more to them to represent their country than probably a National Hockey League team or any club team around the world," Platt said, pointing to the Belarusian coat of arms on his chest. "Youre seeing that with Sergei Kostitsyn, Mikhail Grabovski just really taking their game to a level Im sure theyve almost never played at." Grabovski beamed with pride when talking about what this tournament means to him. Hes showing that to Hanlon, who first coached him as a 21-year-old at the world championships in Vienna in 2005. The Grabovski at this tournament is an other-worldly player. "I dont even look at Mikhail anymore because I know hes going to play great," Hanlon said. "I never get tired of saying, Good game, Mikhail." Hanlon is limited in what he can say to some of his players because of the language barrier. He understands Russian and Belarusian and is trying to learn to speak both languages, even though he doesnt have to. The former Washington Capitals coach and longtime NHL goaltender, whos in his second stint as coach of the Belarusian national team, has someone with him at almost all times who speaks English. At his news conferences with local media, the Brandon, Man., native answers in English, occasionally splicing in Belarusian words and pausing to let the interpreter next to him do his work. "Ive taken lessons, Ive done all of it," Hanlon said. "I have a better handle on it. Ive gone home here after every friendly tournament, so I take all my books, put them in my backpack like the college student on spring break and I end up dealing with my 12-year-old son and my wife and I sort of break away from it for a couple weeks." Hanlons wife and son still live in Vancouver, and because shes a teacher and hes a skier and hockey player they dont accompany him to Europe. "Hed rather play his own hockey than watch me coach," Hanlon said. Everyone in Belarus is watching Hanlon coach with keen interest. In Minsk, televisions all over the city have tournament games on, whether Belarus is playing or not. Inside Minsk Arena, one section is full of fans jumping up and down and doing chants normally reserved for soccer matches. Others whistle and fill the building with the kind of noise Lalande and Platt have no comparison for and Hanlon can only relate to the old Chicago Stadium. "When you go into somewhere like Beell Centre or Madison Square Garden, its pretty loud but it dies off after a while," Hanlon said.dddddddddddd "Here its sustained for the whole 2 1/2 hours of the game. Im not kidding: You cant hear a word down there. Im screaming and Im yelling at my players whos up and everything. "From before the game starts till after its over, its like a festival." Its a festival thats special to the Belarusian players, whether theyre from Novopolotsk in the north like Dmitry Korobov, or Ontario like Lalande and Platt. How they got here wasnt a matter of having Belarusian ancestry. Anyone who plays for Dynamo Minsk for two seasons is eligible for citizenship. "I got to keep my Canadian citizenship, so there wasnt really any downside," said Lalande, who began the tournament as a backup but has played too well for Hanlon not to start him. "At first it just made the travelling a lot easier in Russia, I didnt need a visa and saved a couple pages in my Canadian passport. But when Glen was named the head coach, we had a couple conversations together. He made it clear from the start that he wanted me to be a part of this." "Whether Id play or not he didnt know, but hes been very supportive. I owe everything to him for this chance." Lalande and Platt each praised the local players for accepting them while also noting theres a comfort level in having each other and an English-speaking coach around for this run. But Hanlon, who previously coached the Slovak national team, learned from his season with Jokerit in Finland that having Canadians on his team isnt easy. "Being an import coach you want to go out of your way so that the Canadians are respected," he said. "The last thing you want to do is look like youre favouring them." "So you want them to work for everything that they get, and I try to keep my space from them. I dont want to give anybody any reason to think that these players are going to get special treatment from me." No special treatment, but this experience has been special for Platt and Lalande, even though theyre not playing for their home country. Platt, who played 46 NHL games for the Columbus Blue Jackets and Anaheim Ducks, won a gold medal for Canada at the under-18 world championships in 2003. Platt hasnt represented Canada since and has moved on. "Not putting on the Canadian jersey now is just a chapter that sits in the past in my career," the 28-year-old said. "I was very fortunate to wear the Canadian jersey and win a gold medal at the under-18 level, and now this is a realistic goal to be playing with Belarus and to be competing at this level. Its really fun when were successful." Belarus was plenty successful in the preliminary round, going 4-3 to finish third in its group, ahead of Finland, Switzerland and Latvia and set up a quarter-final game against Sweden on Thursday night. Even if Sweden ends Belaruss run, the host teams performance wont be forgotten any time soon. When a victory over Latvia clinched a spot in the quarter-finals, Platt called it a "very rare opportunity for Belarusian ice hockey" that his teammates capitalized on. Lalande couldnt come up with words to describe his emotions. "We did it for ourselves because we believed," Lalande said, crediting fans who made a real impact on the team. "I think all of the Minsk and the whole countrys behind us right now. ... Were playing for us and were playing for them and its a tremendous feeling to be able to win in this fashion for them." Thats Hanlons priority, too. More than six years after being fired by the Capitals on U.S. Thanksgiving Day, he has no plans to return to coaching in the NHL and has invested a lot of time and energy on European hockey. Hanlon still keeps track of whats going on in North America and watches games because hes interested, but now the 57-year-old also checks on scores from leagues around Europe. Hes still a Canadian citizen, but the prospect of playing his native country doesnt mean anything to him anymore. "Whats special for me is winning for Belarus," Hanlon said. "Thats whats special." Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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