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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 11:  Josh Reddick #11 celebrates with teammates in the duggout after scoring on a double by Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals during game four of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Dodgers eke past Nationals 6-5 to force NLDS Game 5


The Dodgers overcame a troublesome seventh inning, defeating the Nationals 6-5 on Tuesday evening to even the NLDS at two games apiece and forcing a Game 5.

Starter Clayton Kershaw, pitching on three days’ rest, was a little shaky early, allowing a leadoff single to Trea Turner followed by a walk to Jayson Werth in the first inning. Turner would come around to score on a one-out single by Daniel Murphy, putting the Nationals up 1-0. The Dodgers immediately answered in the bottom half of the first, as Adrian Gonzalez launched a two-run home run to right-center off of Nationals starter Joe Ross.

The Nationals tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the third as Daniel Murphy knocked in Turner again, this time with a sacrifice fly. And again, the Dodgers answered with two runs in the bottom half. Kershaw led off with a double and came home on a single by Justin Turner. Following that, Ross issued back-to-back walks to Gonzalez and Josh Reddick to load the bases. Ross then hit Joc Pederson with a pitch to force in a run and push the Dodgers’ lead to 4-2. The Dodgers tacked on one more run in the bottom of the fifth with a two-out single by Reddick followed by a double from Pederson.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts tried to get Kershaw through the seventh, but it wasn’t happening. The lefty gave up a leadoff single to Danny Espinosa. He seemed to be finding his way out of the inning by striking out Pedro Severino and getting pinch-hitter Chris Heisey to strike out, but he gave up another single to Turner, then walked Bryce Harper to load the bases. Roberts finally relieved Kershaw after 110 pitches, bringing in Pedro Baez. Baez threw one pitch and hit Jayson Werth, forcing in a run. Out came Baez, in came Luis Avilan. Avilan allowed a two-run single to Daniel Murphy, tying the game up at 5-5. Out came Avilan, in came Joe Blanton. Blanton, at long last, ended the inning by striking out Anthony Rendon.

The Dodgers were able to overcome that seventh-inning adversity, breaking through for a run in the bottom of the eighth inning. With two outs, Nationals reliever Blake Treinen hit Andrew Toles with a pitch. He then allowed a single to pinch-hitter Andrew Ethier. Chase Utley came up and singled to right field, bringing Toles home to break the 5-5 tie.

In the top of the ninth, closer Kenley Jansen had his stuff working. He struck out Stephen Drew and Turner, then got Harper to ground out to end the game.

The two teams will take Wednesday off, then play Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday at 5:00 PM EDT at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The starters have yet to be announced.

Report: Tim Tebow tended to a man who had a seizure after his Arizona Fall League game

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - SEPTEMBER 20: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Mets speaks at a press conference after a work out at an instructional league day at Tradition Field on September 20, 2016 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow went 0-for-3 in Tuesday’s Arizona Fall League game, but that’ll be forgotten. According to Kari Van Horn of ABC 15 Arizona, a fan had a seizure while Tebow was signing autographs after the game. Tebow put his hand on the man and said a prayer, and the man started breathing again.

Van Horn says her station will air a video of it. She added, “I just witnessed a MIRACLE.” She then retweeted this picture of Tebow someone else took:

Not to rain on anybody’s parade, but there’s an explanation for this that doesn’t involve Tebow being a miracle worker. It was likely coincidental, with Van Horn remembering and/or reporting details selectively to fit her view of Tebow as heroic.

Wilson Ramos to undergo surgery to repair ACL and meniscus

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 07: Wilson Ramos #40 of the Washington Nationals celebrates after driving in the game winning run with a single in the 11th inning against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on September 7, 2016 in Washington, DC. Washington won the game 5-4. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos will undergo surgery to repair a torn ACL and meniscus on Friday,’s William Ladson reports. His rehab is expected to take seven months. That puts him on track to return in mid-May.

Ramos, 29, suffered the injury in late September leaping to catch an errant Ryan Zimmerman throw. A free agent after the conclusion of the playoffs, Ramos was having the best season of his career, batting .307/.354/.496 with 22 home runs and 80 RBI in 523 plate appearances. All things considered, it was most unfortunate timing for an injury.

The Nationals have used Jose Lobaton and Pedro Severino behind the plate while Ramos has been out.