"That was huge," said Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis, who drove in a run with two doubles. "When you get Clayton the lead, usually he's going to take care of business the rest of the way.
"The way he was going with the swings and misses, you knew it was going to be a special night. He was outstanding."
Braves right-hander Kris Medlen struck out the side in the first, but that would be his highlight of the night.
Medlen couldn't keep pace with Kershaw. He allowed two runs in the second and two more in the third on the homer by Gonzalez over the 400-foot sign on the center-field wall for a 4-0 lead.
Medlen said he threw a first-pitch changeup for a strike in the second inning and tried the same strategy against Gonzalez in the third. He said he sensed danger as soon as he threw the pitch.
"I almost let it go knowing he was sitting on it," Medlen said. "It's been a successful pitch for me and something I've been relying on the entire year. But he's one of the best hitters in the game. It was a changeup, but it was a very bad changeup and he put a really good swing on it. For someone to take it dead center like that, he's got a good swing."
Yasiel Puig hit a one-out single in the second, hustled to third on Juan Uribe's single up the middle and scored on Skip Schumaker's fly ball to center field. Uribe scored on a double by A.J. Ellis past a diving Gattis in left field.
A.J. Ellis doubled in the fourth and scored on a single by Mark Ellis.
Medlen gave up five runs on nine hits and one walk in four-plus innings. Gonzalez led off the fifth with a single and Medlen then hit Puig with his final pitch of the game.