Wood and Johnson Lead Braves Past the Dodgers

BravesChris Johnson recorded three hits and the Braves benefited from a couple of costly errors while preserving Alex Wood’s determined effort in Tuesday night’s 4-3 win over the Dodgers at Turner Field.

Nick Markakis opened the decisive fifth inning with a single and advanced to second when center fielder Joc Pederson fumbled the ball. Johnson followed with a single to set the stage for former Dodger Juan Uribe to deliver the go-ahead RBI single off Pedro Baez, who was the second of four relievers used after Los Angeles’ starter Brett Anderson suffered a left Achilles tendon injury in the third inning.

After surrendering solo home runs to Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig through the first two innings, Wood allowed just one more run over 6 2/3. Luis Avilan pitched around a Jace Peterson error in the eighth, and Jim Johnson saved it for the Braves’ second straight win in this three-game set.

One day after saying he hoped the Braves would find a trade partner for him, Johnson notched his third three-hit game of the season and two RBIs. The veteran infielder plated the first on a first-inning groundout and followed Markakis’ one-out triple in the third inning with a single.

Dodgers reliever Chin-hui Tsao probably wasn’t expecting an at-bat Tuesday night, but he got one in the fifth inning. And he made the most of it. Tsao’s leadoff ground-rule double helped the Dodgers tie the Braves at 3 after an RBI single from Howie Kendrick. It was Tsao’s first hit since Aug. 23, 2003, against Mike Hampton and the Braves.

Dodger manager Don Mattingly — who was ejected in the eighth inning Tuesday — said he would try and get some fresh players in Wednesday’s 11:10 p.m. CT finale at Turner Field against the Braves.  Atlanta will counter with Julio Teheran, who completed just 4 2/3 innings in his first start after the All-Star break. This has been a frustrating season for Teheran, but despite the command struggles he experienced against the Cubs on Friday, he has posted a 2.18 ERA in nine home starts.