Late-Inning Brave HRs Beat Dodgers, 3-1
ATLANTA (AP) – Evan Gattis and Andrelton Simmons hit consecutive homers off Kenley Jansen in the eighth inning, and the Atlanta Braves rallied to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 on Saturday night.
Kris Medlen, Cory Gearrin, and Craig Kimbrel combined on a two-hitter for Atlanta.
Chris Capuano led 1-0 before he allowed a one-out single to B.J. Upton in the eighth. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly brought in Jansen (1-2), the hard-throwing right-hander, to face Gattis, a rookie pinch-hitter.
Gattis lined Jansen’s 2-2 pitch into the left-field seats for his eighth homer to give Atlanta a 2-1 lead. Simmons hit Jansen’s next pitch on a higher arc into the seats in left-center.
Gearrin (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth in relief of Medlen, who gave up two hits and one unearned run in seven innings. Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth for his 13th save.
The Dodgers have lost two straight to the Braves after winning four of five.
Capuano gave up only five hits and one run in 7 1-3 innings.
The Dodgers scored their only run in the fourth. Adrian Gonzalez walked and scored on Skip Schumaker’s double to the left-field corner and left fielder Justin Upton’s fielding error. Schumaker wasn’t given an RBI.
The only other hit allowed by Medlen was a second-inning single by Tim Federowicz.
Chris Johnson had three hits for the Braves, who won after finding themselves in a sudden bullpen crisis.
Before the game, Braves general manager Frank Wren said an MRI revealed a tear in Eric O’Flaherty’s left ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. O’Flaherty was placed on the disabled list and could face season-ending surgery.
On Thursday, left-hander Jonny Venters had Tommy John surgery for the second time, ending his season. On Friday, right-hander Jordan Walden was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of shoulder inflammation.
Medlen, who had been 0-for-13 hitting this season, had a brief celebration in the third inning when he had a bloop single for his first hit. Standing and smiling on first base, Medlen lifted his hands to the sky before giving first-base coach Terry Pendleton a hug.
Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp leaped and reached over the wall to take a home run away from Jason Heyward in the first inning. Heyward took off his helmet while crossing second base. Just when it appeared he might toss the headgear in disgust, Heyward instead lifted the helmet toward Kemp in a gesture of respect.
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