The Braves made it as painful as possible, allowing the Dodgers to load the bases in the ninth but Craig Kimbrel induced a timely double play to nail down the Braves first win over the Dodgers in 8 games. Ervin Santana was very strong, the bullpen solid, and the offense did just enough to give the Braves a desperately needed win. Santana's only major trouble came in the second inning when he allowed five hits and two runs. Matt Kemp led off the inning with a double and was brought home immediately by a Carl Crawford single. Juan Uribe smacked a single of his own and a big inning seemed to be in the cards. AJ Ellis helped the Braves out by hitting into a double play which kept Atlanta in the game. Miguel Rojas drove in Crawford with two outs but those two runs would be all LA would get in the inning and in the game. Santana escaped the inning with minimal damage and settled in to cruise control for the rest of his start. The Braves got one back in their own half of the second. Evan Gattis doubled on another terrible route by Yasiel Puig who has shown poor instincts in center in this series. Chris Johnson bunted Gattis to second and an Andrelton Simmons groundout brought Gattis home. Having a position player bunt over a runner from 2nd to 3rd with no outs is not really optimal strategy but in this case it scored the Braves their first run of the game. Justin Upton got the Braves going in the bottom of the 4th with a walk. Upton reached third on a Johnson single, and with two outs Simmons poked a soft line drive to right field to score Upton. The game was tied at two without the Braves hitting a ball particularly hard.
Braves beat Dodgers, apocalypse imminent
Talking Chop | Aug 14