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Friday, October 8, 2010 - 4:40am

Braves Even Playoff Series In Extra Innings

Updated: 4 years ago.
The Braves' first playoff game in 5 years ended in a loss Thursday night in San Francisco.

The Atlanta Braves scored a 5-4 win in 11 innings over the Giants in San Francisco Friday night. The victory evens the best-of-5 Divisional Series at 1, with Game-3 Sunday in Atlanta.

After getting shut out Thursday night 1-0, the Braves fell behind 4-0 after only 2 innings on Friday. But the Braves broke through in the 6th inning, plating their first run of the series on an RBI single from catcher Brian McCann.

The Braves would tie the game at 4 in the 8th inning. A Giants' error scored one, soon followed by an RBI double from shortstop Alex Gonzalez to score two.

The game extended to the 11th inning, where outfielder Rick Ankiel launched a massive home run over the right field seats into the San Francisco Bay. On the mound, Kyle Farnsworth finished the game with an inning and two-thirds of work.

The mood Friday was decidedly different than that of the opener Thursday. Giants' pitcher Tim Lincecum threw a two-hitter and struck out 14 in a dominating postseason debut.

Out of Friday''s Braves' win, one possible piece of bad news. Reliver Billy Wagner had to leave the game in the 10th inning with an apparent injury to his left side. There was no immediate word on his condition.

Game-3 is set for 4:30 Sunday afternoon, with Tim Hudson getting the pitching start.