After another strong performance from Dan Haren, the Los Angeles Dodgers handed the ball to Hyun-Jin Ryu, who was throwing on an extra day of rest.
Before Ryu could take the mound, Ervin Santana got off to a good start for the Atlanta Braves by striking out the side in the first inning. Ryu responded by striking out two of the four batters he faced in the bottom of the first to keep the game scoreless.
Matt Kemp hit a leadoff double in the second inning and Carl Crawford continued his hot hitting on the road by driving Kemp in with a single to center. Juan Uribe followed with a single to give the Dodgers two on with no outs.
An A.J. Ellis double play ball left Crawford standing on third base with two outs. Miguel Rojas cashed in on the RBI opportunity and extended the Dodgers’ lead to 2-0.
The two-run lead didn’t last long as Evan Gattis hit a leadoff double in the bottom of the second and later scored on an Andrelton Simmons groundout. Simmons delivered again for the Braves in the fourth with a flare two-out single to right that tied the game.
Dee Gordon reached on an infield single in the fifth and set off a game of cat and mouse with Santana. The Braves starter threw over to first base 10 times during Yasiel Puig’s at-bat. Puig struck out for the third time in the game and Adrian Gonzalez flied out.
Gordon then stole second base, where he was stranded as Kemp struck out to end the inning. Ryu collected two strikeouts in the fifth, but hit Freddie Freeman with two outs to put runners on first and second with two outs.
Justin Upton hit an RBI single to right field and the Braves took a 3-2 lead before Ryu could get out of the inning. Crawford hit a leadoff single in the sixth, stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error with one out.
Rojas was intentionally walked with two outs and Santana then got Ryu swining for his ninth strikeout of the game to end the inning. Ryu retired the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the sixth and was removed from the game with a gluteus muscle strain after walking B.J. Upton.
Jamey Wright replaced the Dodger left-hander and struck out pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit. Puig drew a one-out walk in the seventh but remained on first base as Gonzalez flied out and Kemp struck out.
After Ellis hit a two-out single in the eighth, Justin Turner pinch-hit for Rojas and tapped back to the box on the first pitch he saw. Craig Kimbrel walked pinch-hitter Andre Ethier to start the ninth, which was followed by Gordon reaching on a bunt.
Kimbrel got Puig swinging for the first out and then allowed a single to Gonzalez that loaded the bases. Kemp remained hitless on the season with the bases loaded as he grounded into a game-ending double play.
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