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But Medlen helped himself out at the plate in the sixth with a sinking liner to left field that Ramirez missed on a shoestring attempt before rolling over and having to run back for it. It was Medlen's third hit and first RBI in 25 big league at-bats.
Both teams played without their regular third baseman. Atlanta's Chipper Jones was sidelined because of inflammation in the ring finger on his right hand, which has bothered him since last weekend's series against Pittsburgh and forced him to leave Wednesday's game. Casey Blake was scratched from Torre's original lineup because of back spasms.
NOTES: Bobby Cox never got to play at Dodger Stadium when he was in the Dodgers' minor league system, having gotten as far as the Triple-A level. As a manager, he is 68-63) here during the regular season, and this four-game series will be his swan song at Chavez Ravine. "I came to my first game here in '64 after our season in Albuquerque," he recalled. "I dropped off Mickey Hartling, one of our catchers in Albuquerque who lived in L.A., and still does. In fact he's coming to the game tonight. I drove him home in a '53 Buick Roadmaster that I paid 350 bucks for. I wish I'd kept it." ... Saito had a career-high 39 saves for Los Angeles in 2007. ... Medlen made four relief appearances against the Dodgers as a rookie last year and got a victory in one of them with two hitless innings, striking out Ethier, Manny Ramirez and Kemp in succession.
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