National League Game Summary - Atlanta at Los Angeles|
(Monday, April 23rd)
Final Score: Los Angeles 7, Atlanta 2
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Chris Capuano tossed seven strong innings
of one-run ball and the Dodgers pounded out a season-high 15 hits as a team to
take a 7-2 decision over the visiting Braves in the opener of a three-game
Capuano (2-0) scattered six hits and walked four while striking out five to
record the victory.
"I stayed aggressive with my fastball and got ahead of hitters," remarked
Capuano after the win. "My command improved the last couple of innings."
Juan Uribe went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and three runs batted in, A.J.
Ellis knocked in two and Andre Ethier added three hits and an RBI as the
Dodgers improved to 7-0 at home this season.
Jair Jurrjens (0-2) lasted just three-plus frames after being shelled for five
runs on nine hits and a walk. David Ross and Dan Uggla each belted home runs
for the Braves, who have lost two straight on the heels of a five-game win
"We didn't take advantage of our opportunities," admitted Ross. "They hit a
lot of balls just out of the reach of our infielders. Jair [Jurrjens] made
good pitches and got bad results."
The Dodgers jumped on top in the bottom of the first as Dee Gordon slapped a
single up the middle before swiping second base. Gordon then moved to third on
a fly out from Mark Ellis before scoring two batters later on a single to
center off the bat of Ethier.
Atlanta tied the game in the second, as Ross cranked a leadoff homer to deep
center field for his first of the season.
Los Angeles regained the lead for good in the bottom half when James Loney
launched a leadoff double and quickly scored on a single from Uribe. Uribe
then came around to score on A.J. Ellis' liner to center for a 3-1 edge.
The Dodgers added two more in the fourth, smacking three consecutive singles
to open the frame, with the third plating Loney off the bat of A.J. Ellis.
Livan Hernandez then entered for Jurrjens and recorded three straight outs but
did allow one run on a sacrifice fly from Gordon to give LA a 5-1 advantage.
Josh Lindblom entered for Capuano to start the eighth, and was greeted rudely
as Uggla launched his first offering over the wall in right field to bring the
Braves within 5-2.
Matt Kemp and Ethier hit consecutive singles to open the eighth before an
intentional walk to Loney loaded the bases. Uribe then slapped a single into
right field, plating Kemp and Ethier to account for the final margin.
The Dodgers won five of seven versus the Braves last season...Uribe's last
four-hit game came on September 8, 2007 against Minnesota as a member of the
Chicago White Sox...Atlanta went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and
left eight on base...The Dodgers went 6-for-11 with RISP and left four on
base...Tuesday's matchup features lefty Mike Minor for the Braves against
veteran right-hander Aaron Harang for the Dodgers.
04/24 01:42:45 ET