After starter Hyun Jin Ryu gave up two runs in the first inning to the Braves, he connected on sacrifice fly that scored Yasiel Puig. Later on in the inning Carl Crawford crushed a three run homer that scored AJ Ellis and Juan Uribe as the Dodgers led 4-2.
"Guys were unhappy with the way they played, so we wanted to get back to playing the way we did the first game," Crawford said. "We knew it was going to be at home in front of our home crowd, and we were going to have some extra energy for that.
The Braves fought back with two runs in the third inning capped off by Chris Johnson who grounded into a fielder choice play that allowed Freddie Freeman to score.
With back to back singles by Adrian Gonzalez and Skip Schumaker the Dodger regained the lead 6-4.
After Ryu was pulled by manager Don Mattingly in favor of lefty Chris Capuano (1-0), the Dodgers exploded offensively in the fourth and eight innings and jumped out to a 13-4 lead.
Crawford made the defensive play of the game in the eight inning when dove over the left field wall and caught a foul ball for the out.
"I'm fine. I landed in a way it didn't hurt. I didn't think the ball was going to go into the stands. It kept floating and I didn't see the wall coming. I felt myself flipping over. Good thing is I held onto the ball, so that's all that matters," said Crawford.
Reliever Paco Rodriguez struggled to get the final out in the ninth inning, and allowed a two run home run by Jason Heyward, the Braves still trailed 13-6.
Mattingly made another chance and allowed Kenley Jansen to finish the job for the victory.
The electric sellout Dodger crowd was loud and in full force with the blue rally towels that were handed out.
Braves starter Julio Teheran gave up six runs and eight hits in 2 2/23 innings of work for the loss.
I didn't have my best, and I tried my best. It was just one of those games that you do everything, and the things don't go as you expect," said Teheran.
Ryu also had a terrible outing in his rookie playoff debut and gave up four runs on six hits in three innings of work.
I felt a little more anxious than compared to those games," Ryu said through a translator.
The Dodgers look to wrap up the series Monday night as Ricky Nolasco battles Freddie Garcia in Game 4.