The Los Angeles Dodgers loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s loss and were unable to capitalize.
In the first inning of Thursday’s game, it was apparent the Dodgers wouldn’t be as wasteful with their opportunities. After reaching on a bunt single, Dee Gordon stole second base and took third on a throwing error.
Yasiel Puig ended an 0-for-9 skid that spanned over two games with an RBI single and the Dodgers took an early 1-0 lead. Miguel Rojas drew a two-out walk in the second inning and that led to a Drew Butera two-run home run.
Aaron Harang’s troubles continued in the third as he walked Gordon to start the inning, who then promptly stole second base once again. With one out and Gordon standing on third, Adrian Gonzalez singled into right field and the Dodgers took a 4-0 lead.
Making his second start as a Dodger, Roberto Hernandez sailed through the first three innings, allowing just three hits. Hernandez then walked the first two batters he faced in the fourth inning and they both moved into scoring position with one out on a wild pitch.
A Tony La Stella groundout got one run across and the Dodgers led 4-1 after four innings. Gordon reached for the third time with a single and Puig gave the Dodgers two runners on base with his infield single. Gonzalez put the Dodgers back up by four runs with his second RBI single of the game.
Harang walked to Matt Kemp to load the bases and was relieved by David Hale. Andre Ethier made good contact, but hit a ball right at Freddie Freeman, who started a 3-6-3 double play to end the inning.
Hernandez labored through six innings and the ball was then handed to Brandon League in the seventh. The reliever allowed two singles but nothing else as the Dodgers continued to lead, 5-1.
Brian Wilson took the mound in the eighth and gave up a single and two doubles. Justin Upton’s double scored two runs and cut the Dodgers lead to 5-3. Wilson recorded two outs and was then removed along with Ethier as part of a double switch that brought in Kenley Jansen and Carl Crawford.
Andrelton Simmons hit an RBI single to get the Braves within one run before Jansen managed to get out of the inning. With Luis Avilan on the mound, Gordon got aboard via a bunt single and Puig reached on a hit by pitch.
Gonzalez collected his third RBI of the day with a double to center that scored Gordon but also resulted in Puig being thrown out at home. Jansen returned to the mound with a 6-4 lead and gave up a double to Freeman that put the tying runners in scoring position with two outs.
Jansen got B.J. Upton swinging to complete striking out the side, earned his 34th save this season and got the Dodgers a series win.
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