These days, when Dee Gordon doesn't hit, he doesn't panic as he once did.

He knows he's bound to play the kind of game he played Thursday, when he scored four runs in the Dodgers' 6-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.

"I think I'm doing a better job of not going outside of my game," Gordon said.

Gordon's three-hit, two-steal performance ensured the Dodgers' three-city trip would be considered successful by Manager Don Mattingly. The Dodgers won six times on the nine-game voyage, which included visits to Anaheim and Milwaukee.

The trip started well for the Dodgers, who won their two road games against the Angels, but not for Gordon. Over the first seven games, the All-Star second baseman was a combined three for 25 (.120). Sensing Gordon might be wearing down physically, Mattingly twice didn't start him in that stretch.

"I had a tough week and a half, two weeks," Gordon said. "But I just grinded it out."