Dodgers Tag Tehran with 3-run 5th in 3-1 Win over Braves

Atlanta_BravesJulio Teheran (6-5) struck out seven of the first 10 batters and had the Dodgers off balance through the fourth before struggling with his command in the fifth.  The Dodgers Mike Bolsinger pitched seven strong innings and Los Angeles scored three runs in the fifth inning to beat the Atlanta Braves 3-1 on Wednesday.

Alberto Callaspo, Jimmy Rollins and Joc Pederson each drove in a run for Los Angeles, which avoided its first three-game losing streak since June 15-17 against Texas.

Bolsinger (5-3) commanded his curveball well enough to retire 14 straight batters before a two-out walk of A.J. Pierzynski in the seventh. The right-hander allowed three hits and a run with a walk with four strikeouts.

Kenley Jansen pitched around a leadoff walk to Cameron Maybin in the ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances, getting strikeouts of Kelly Johnson and pinch-hitter Juan Uribe to end the game.

The Braves, despite having won 10 of 15 at Turner Field, have dropped eight of 11 overall.

With Teheran elevating his pitches, Yasmani Grandal led off with a double that right fielder Nick Markakis appeared to misjudge. Grandal came home from third on a single by Callaspo, who scored the go-ahead run on a double from Rollins. Pederson’s single made it 3-1.

Teheran dropped to 0-4 with a 6.07 ERA in four career starts against the Dodgers. The right-hander lost at Turner Field for the first time in 10 home starts this season despite matching a career high with 11 strikeouts. He allowed six hits, three runs and three walks in seven innings.

 

Teheran picked off Grandal at second base to end the second after Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez successfully challenged to have the play overturned. Second-base umpire John Hirschbeck initially ruled that Grandal beat shortstop Andrelton Simmons’ tag. The review lasted just 56 seconds.

Braves 1B Freddie Freeman, on the disabled list with a right wrist contusion, has arrived at the team’s spring training facility in Florida to continue taking live batting practice. Freeman has missed 29 games with the injury. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said that Freeman might be ready to return during the four-game series that begins July 30 at Philadelphia.

 

After an off day on Thursday, Braves LHP Manny Banuelos (1-0) will make his third career start when Atlanta visits St. Louis on Friday. You can listen to that game here on Thunder Radio as we will bring you the broadcast on Friday night beginning at 6:00 PM.