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1995 World Series Rewind: Braves move to one win away from a title

On the 20th anniversary of the Atlanta Braves World Series win, Talking Chop takes a game-by-game look back at the series and the major players that brought home the city's first championship.

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The Braves got back on track in Game 4 of the 1995 World Series as Steve Avery put together a strong outing and David Justice and Ryan Klesko led the offense as the Braves pulled within a game of the World Series title with a 5-2 win.

Steve Avery was excellent in the game as he went 6 innings and gave up just one run on 3 hits (although the 5 walks were a bit ugly). Ol' Bobby Cox drew the ire of some fans and pundits at the time for not running Greg Maddux back out there on short rest due to Avery's struggles during the season, but the move paid dividends.

Both Cleveland starter Ken Hill and Avery were excellent, with the game staying a scoreless tie until the 6th inning. In the top of the 6th, Ryan Klesko continued his good work from the previous game and hit a solo shot to right (it's hard not to like Klesko's swing... sure it was a violent, crazy thing... but it was fun to watch). Albert Belle would answer for the Indians with a solo shot of his own in the bottom half of the inning off of Avery and the game would again be tied, 1-1. The inning would not end without controversy though, as Eddie Murray hit a ball over the third base bag, which was called foul. It's debatable as to whether it was foul or not, but the weirder part was the that third base umpire Harry Wendelstedt seemingly didn't want to make the call and yielded to the left field umpire.

The 7th inning would prove to be the deciding inning in the game as the Braves put up 3 runs. Luis Polonia drove in Marquis Grissom with a double and then David Justice followed a couple of batters later with a 2-run single that pushed the Braves' lead to 4-1.

From there, the bullpens took over and the game would stay 4-1 until the top of the 9th inning, when Javy Lopez extended the Braves' lead to 5-1 with an RBI double that scored Fred McGriff. However, the game would not end without some drama as Mark Wohlers came in and had another adventurous outing in the bottom of the 9th. Manny Ramirez led the inning off with a no-doubter home run that he hit on a line to left-center. The next batter, Paul Sorrento, hit a double and Bobby Cox immediately pulled the plug and brought in Pedro Borbon. Borbon then got two strikeouts and a line out to right to end the game with a 5-2 victory for the Braves to give them a 3-1 series lead.

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