National League Game Summary - Atlanta at Los Angeles|
(Tuesday, April 24th)
Final Score: Atlanta 4, Los Angeles 3
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Tyler Pastornicky broke a ninth-inning tie
when he scored on Martin Prado's two-out triple, and the Atlanta Braves edged
the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-3, in the middle test of a three-game series.
Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones celebrated his 40th birthday with a solo
Pastornicky collected three hits, including a leadoff single in the ninth,
for the Braves, who snapped a two-game skid and handed the Dodgers their first
loss in eight home games this season.
Atlanta's rookie shortstop moved to second on a sacrifice bunt before Prado
lofted the seventh pitch he saw from Javy Guerra (1-2) to center field. Matt
Kemp couldn't make the catch as he crashed into the wall.
"Prado gave me a nice birthday present," Jones said. "He had a long at-bat and
finally got one."
Craig Kimbrel succeeded Eric O'Flaherty (1-0) and struck out Andre Ethier to
begin the bottom of the ninth, but gave up a single to Jerry Hairston and
issued a two-out walk to A.J. Ellis. Kimbrel recovered to strike out pinch-
hitter Tony Gwynn on three pitches and earn his sixth save of the season.
Mike Minor started for the Braves, while Aaron Harang toed the rubber for Los
Angeles. Both hurlers gave up three runs over six innings.
"That lineup is pretty good and for Aaron to hold them to three was pretty
good," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.
Juan Rivera hit a two-run homer in the first inning for Los Angeles before
leaving later in the game with a left hamstring strain.
Atlanta pulled even with two runs in the fifth. Jones led off the frame by
going deep for the fifth time on his birthday. The Braves then loaded the
bases on singles by Jason Heyward and Pastornicky and a one-out walk by
Michael Bourn. Prado plated Heyward with a groundout to second.
Brian McCann then scored on a wild pitch to give the visitors the lead in the
sixth. But the Dodgers tied it in the bottom of the frame when Kemp grounded
into a double play to score Dee Gordon.
The Braves were 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position...Minor allowed
eight hits, two more than Harang, who walked four batters.
04/25 02:16:29 ET