LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andre Ethier, Alex Guerrero and Jimmy Rollins each homered in the eighth inning, rallying the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.
Ethier got things started, homering to snap a 2-all tie against Nick Masset (0-1). Ethier’s bases-loaded walk in the first drove in the Dodgers’ initial run.
Pinch-hitter Guerrero sent a 3-1 pitch into the left-field pavilion, scoring A.J. Ellis, who walked, to make it 5-2. With two outs, Rollins homered for a 6-2 lead.
It was the Dodgers’ most runs scored since getting six on May 15 against Colorado. They lead the majors with 60 homers.
Adam Liberatore (1-0) got the victory, tossing 11 pitches. Kenley Jansen got three outs in the ninth for his fourth save.
Los Angeles tied it at 2-all in the seventh on Adrian Gonzalez’s bases-loaded groundout to the pitcher.
Atlanta took a 2-1 lead in the fifth on Freddie Freeman’s RBI single after tying the score 1-all in the fourth on Pedro Ciriaco’s RBI single with two outs.
The Dodgers had a chance to extend their lead in the third, but Scott Van Slyke grounded into a double play with the bases loaded to end the inning.
Williams Perez allowed one run and seven hits in six innings of his second major league start for the Braves. He struck out seven and walked one.
Dodgers starter Brett Anderson gave up two runs and seven hits in seven innings. The left-hander struck out three and walked two.
Braves: INF Alberto Callaspo was scratched before the game and replaced by Ciriaco. … INF Chris Johnson, recovering from a broken left hand, will play three minor league games before possibly re-joining the team on Thursday in San Francisco.
Dodgers: C Yasmani Grandal, on the seven-day concussion disabled list, will do drill work and be the designated hitter but won’t catch during a minor league rehab stint lasting two or three games.
Braves: Julio Teheran (4-1, 3.91 ERA) starts the middle game of the series. He has yet to beat the Dodgers in two career starts against them.
Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw (2-3, 4.32) already has as many losses as he did all of last season.
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