After taking two of three from the Washington Nationals, the Los Angeles Dodgers were stopped in their tracks by the Atlanta Braves and looked to avoid a three-game sweep Wednesday afternoon at Turner Field.
Julio Teheran quickly put the Dodgers away in the first inning by striking out the side. Cameron Maybin hit a one-out single in the bottom half of the first, but was erased soon after as Nick Markakis grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Teheran picked up where he left off by striking out Andre Ethier to start the top of the second. Yasmani Grandal ended the string of strikeouts by lining a base hit off Kelly Johnson’s glove. After Carl Crawford went down swinging, Alberto Callaspo drew a two-out walk on four pitches.
Nothing would come of it however, as Grandal was picked off second base to end the inning. Johnson led of the bottom of the second with a base hit to right field. Mike Bolsigner kept the game a scoreless tie by getting A.J. Pierzynski to ground into a force out and striking out Eury Perez.
Teheran continued to sail through the game, striking out Bolsinger and Joc Pederson to give him seven punch-outs through three scoreless innings. Andrelton Simmons hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the third and the Braves then capitalized on some good fortune.
After failed sacrifice bunt attempts, Teheran pulled back and slapped a soft liner to Jimmy Rollins with Simmons running on the pitch. Rollins was unable to make the leaping catch, resulting in both runners being safe on the error.
Peterson advanced both runners with a sac-bunt, which was followed by a Maybin RBI groundout that gave the Braves a 1-0 lead before Bolsinger worked his way out of the inning.
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