Hernandez (7-8), who was acquired from Philadelphia last week,
allowed one run on three hits and four walks in six innings to earn
his first win for the Dodgers after being held out of the decision
despite a strong effort in his first chance. Drew Butera belted a
two-run homer, Adrian Gonzalez drove in three runs and Dee Gordon
scored four times as Los Angeles increased its lead in the National
League West to 5 1/2 games over San Francisco.
Aaron Harang (9-7) was knocked around for five runs and seven hits
in 4 1/3 innings for the Braves, who dropped three games behind
Pittsburgh in the race for the second NL wild card spot. Justin
Upton drove in two runs in the eighth and Andrelton Simmons added an
RBI single in the frame, but the attempted rally fell short as
Atlanta lost for the 12th time in its last 15 games.
Gordon led off the game with a bunt single, stole second and scored
on Yasiel Puig’s single to center to get the Dodgers off to a quick
start. Harang issued a two-out walk to Miguel Rojas in the second
and Butera followed by lining a first-pitch fastball into the front
row in left for a 3-0 cushion.
Gordon’s speed played a role again in the third when he walked,
stole second and came in on Gonzalez’s single, and Gordon raced home
from second again on Gonzalez’s single in the fifth that restored a
four-run advantage. Kenley Jansen recorded the final out of the
eighth and Gonzalez tacked on a RBI double in the top of the ninth
before Jansen stranded the tying run at second in the bottom of the
frame for his 34th save.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Dodgers LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (strained glute) will undergo an
MRI on Friday and is considered day-to-day. … Upton advanced to third on
a flyout after his RBI double and suffered a left hamstring strain on
the play before being lifted for a pinch runner. … Atlanta’s string of
three straight series against division leaders (dropped two of three to
Washington and three of four to Los Angeles) continues when AL
West-leading Oakland visits for three games beginning on Friday.
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