After losing the first game of the best-of-five series at home, the Braves were under enormous pressure to get back on level terms before heading to California for Game Three.
And they came through, just, thanks to a two-run, two-out single by Jason Heyward with the bases loaded that gave the Braves a vital 4-1 cushion.
The Dodgers responded when Hanley Ramirez muscled a two-run home run off David Carpenter in the top of the eighth to make it a one-run game, but they could not add to their score.
Craig Kimbrel closed out for the Braves, though the home fans had to endure some nervous moments.
Dodgers pinch runner Dee Gordon almost stole second base in the final inning but was judged out in a very close call for the second out, before Carl Crawford struck out to end the game.
Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor was credited with the win after throwing 6 1/3 innings, giving up one run on eight hits, while Dodgers starter Zack Greinke went six innings for two runs and four hits.
Game Three will be played on Sunday.