The Los Angeles Dodgers took the field in Atlanta Tuesday night with a 3.5-game lead over the San Francisco Giants for first place in the National League West. After another subpar outing from Brandon Beachy, Los Angeles looked to Brett Anderson to get them back in the win column. The Braves countered with fellow left-hander Alex Wood, who was coming off his worst start of the season.
The red-hot Justin Turner got the Dodgers on the board early, as he hit a solo home run that just cleared the wall in left field with two outs in the first inning. The home run was Turner’s first in July, 12th of the season and first off a lefty. The 1-0 lead didn’t last long though, as Anderson walked Jace Peterson to start the bottom of the first.
Anderson then got a grounder to short that Kiké Hernandez made a backhanded stop on, but threw wide of second base and the ball sailed into right field. The result was runners at second and third with no outs for Nick Markakis, who scored a run on an RBI groundout.
Chris Johnson also drove a run in on a groundout and the Braves held a 2-1 lead through the first inning. Just as Anderson was unable to protect a lead, Wood did the same as Yasiel Puig tied the game with a solo home run in the second inning.
Hernandez and Barnes drew back-to-back walks and they were advanced on Anderson’s sacrifice bunt. They were then stranded as Wood struck out Joc Pederson. Anderson retired the Braves in order in the bottom of the second, striking out the final two batters faced.
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