CNN – The Atlanta Braves entered Thursday night’s game with a 2-1 lead over the Cleveland Indians in the best-of-five Division Series, a team that had been up 3-1 in the series before they won game four. Things have changed.
The game is tied at 3 after the Braves hit their four-run homerun in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Now the series is tied at two and heading back to Atlanta for game five.
The Cleveland Indians’ bullpen wore down after taking the game one and losing game two, even though they started Matt Harvey in game three. Harvey went 2.2 innings giving up five hits and one walk. Reliever Austin Adams took over, but he was tagged with the loss after giving up the go-ahead run in the seventh inning.
Evan Gattis had four hits and two RBI’s, while Freddie Freeman had three hits and two RBI’s.
The Braves had a lead in the first inning off AL MVP Jose Ramirez, with Nick Markakis’ single and singles by Adam Duvall and Jose Ramirez, and after the hit, Ozzie Albies had a single.
But the Indians responded in the bottom of the first with three runs, scoring on two singles and two walks, starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz was walked in scoring the first run and Jason Kipnis reached base for the second RBI.
Meanwhile, the Indians had three hits in the third, but J.D. Martinez had two out of the two hits and with two outs, Francisco Lindor hit a double driving home one run and Cedi Osuna homered as he doubled as Cleveland took a 3-1 lead.
But Carlos Santana hit his second homerun for the Braves as their offense came alive in the seventh inning.
With one out, with two runners on base, Santana homered to left-center field.
With just two outs, Nola hit Nomar Mazara with a pitch to load the bases and then grounded out to Kipnis who threw the ball back to the infield ending the threat.
For Atlanta fan Owen Godson, his favorite player is Santana. The 22-year-old says the biggest reason he’s going to watch the game is to see Santana in person.
Santana led the National League in homers this season. He posted a career-high 34 homers and 101 RBI’s, while only missing one game because of the All-Star Game.
Chris Anderson, another Atlanta Braves fan, was born and raised in Cleveland. The 32-year-old who recently relocated to Atlanta says he’s going to watch the game to watch and cheer on his team.