Chris Johnson starred as the Braves beat the Dodgers 4-3.
CJ had help, Juan Uribe and Nick Markakis mostly. Johnson had two singles and a double and drove in two runs. Cakes singled and tripled, plating one and scoring one. Juan went two for three with a double, a single, a walk and the game winning RBI.
Alex Wood was not great. Alex gave up a solo home run to Justin Turner in the first. Then after Dem Bums helped the Braves score two in the bottom of the first to take the lead, he gave up the tying home run to Yasiel Puig in the top of the second.
The Braves kept getting Alex the lead, and he kept giving it away. Atlanta went ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the third when Markakis tripled and CJ singled him home. That lead lasted until the fifth; when relief pitcher Chin-hui Tsao doubled, and Howie Kendrick singled him home to knot the score at three.
Atlanta reclaimed the lead, this time for good, in the bottom of the fifth. Markakis singled and took second on an error by Dodger centerfielder Joc Pederson. CJ smacked another single, pushing Nick to third; and Juan singled in Nick with what turned out to be the winning run.
Wood went 6.2 innings and escaped with the win, thanks to capable relief work by Jason Frasor, Luis Avilan and Jim Johnson. The Dodgers used four relief pitchers after starter Brett Anderson left due to injury in the third, and all four threw a lot of pitches. The Dodgers bullpen is stretched thin going into tomorrow’s game; and the Braves may have an advantage in the noon start.
As resident Braves sage Chip Carey said at the beginning of today’s broadcast, “There is no such thing as an ugly win.”
Break out the brooms.
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