Kevin Correia was on the mound for his debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers and pitched better than his record would lead one to expect.
Correia retired the first nine batters he faced and then allowed the Atlanta Braves to break through. Emilio Bonifacio hit a leadoff single in the fourth inning and scored on Justin Upton’s one-out single to give the Braves a 1-0 lead.
Julio Teheran continued to protect the one-run lead until running into trouble in the sixth inning. Correia led the inning off with his second single of the night and was moved to second base on Dee Gordon’s single.
After a Yasiel Puig single loaded the bases, Adrian Gonzalez drove in the tying run with a flare single to right as the Dodgers moved along station to station. With one out, Carl Crawford bounced a ground ball to second base for an infield single and the Dodgers took a 2-1 lead.
The Braves then blew an opportunity to turn an inning-ending double play but instead were only able to record an out at first base and the Dodgers added another run to their lead. With a two-run lead, Correia gave up a double to Freddie Freeman in the bottom of the sixth but got out of the inning without allowing a run.
Brian Wilson took the mound in the seventh and needed just nine pitches to record three outs. Teheran walked Puig to start the eighth and was knocked out of the game by Matt Kemp’s ground-rule double that put two runners in scoring position with one out.
James Russell relieved Teheran and Crawford promptly greeted him with an RBI single. With one out and the bases loaded, A.J. Ellis hit a grounder to second base that wound up being another botched opportunity for a double play.
Ramiro Pena’s throwing error allowed two runs to score and the Dodgers led 6-1. Jamey Wright struck out the side in the eighth and handed the ball to Carlos Frias in the ninth. Evan Gattis hit an RBI double before the rookie right-hander recorded the final out and the Dodgers won the first of the four-game series, 6-2.
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