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Dodgers belt 3 HRs to defeat Braves, snap slide

Dodgers belt 3 HRs to defeat Braves, snap slide

Los Angeles snapped a two-game slide after winning 11 in a row.

In fact, Garcia was listed as the starting pitcher for Atlanta's 9:10 p.m. game in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

Austin Barnes and Cody Bellinger homered for the Dodgers, and Kenley Jansen blew a save. The Braves are going to get a legitimate prospect in return for Garcia or keep him. That gave Forsythe the opportunity, and he delivered with another walk-off this season. Wood was 11-0 and hadn't lost in more than a year before Friday, and his 1.56 earned-run average would have ranked first in the National League with enough innings to qualify.

Jansen was ideal in his first 24 save opportunities but couldn't get the four-out save on Sunday. Potentially, he could be called up to fill Garcia's spot on the roster and start tomorrow night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. They got the tying run to the plate with two out in the ninth inning, but Trayce Thompson popped up to end the game.

Yasiel Puig hit an infield grounder in the sixth inning that scored Yasmani Grandal and gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead. Brandon Phillips - who was back in the lineup after missing two games with a hamstring injury - hit a two-out double to right to give the Braves a 1-0 lead.

Former Dodger Matt Kemp tied the score at 2 with a run-scoring single to left in the fifth inning. In the modern era Lew Burdette (1958), George Ferguson (1910) and Patsy Flaherty (1907) are the franchise's only other pitchers to hit a grand slam, and he's Atlanta's fourth pitcher to drive in for in a game, and the first since Phil Niekro on September 26, 1979.




The Dodgers' past six weeks have been one of baseball's best such stretches in decades; no other team has won 30 out of 34 games since the 1977 Royals, and no team has done it in the NL since the 1936 New York Giants.

But, by the time the Braves finally started hitting rockets off Wood, the Dodgers' defense had so betrayed their starting pitcher that the Braves already had all the runs they needed.

Roberts believes this issue is more muscular, and Kershaw did not have the shooting pain down his leg like he did past year. Last year, he missed 2 1/2 months during the season with a herniated disk that didn't require surgery.

This is really the only blip in an remarkable season for Kershaw, who is 15-2 with a major league-best 2.04 ERA, with 168 strikeouts and 24 walks in 141⅓ innings. Kershaw hasn't lost a start since May 1.

Freeman singled home another run in the third.