In what looked like another shutout loss by the Atlanta Braves, Evan Gattis and Andrelton Simmons hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning to propel the Atlanta Braves past the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 3-1 final Saturday at Turner Field.
Down 1-0 going into the eighth inning, Gattis hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen. Simmons followed on the very next pitch to further drive the nail into the proverbial coffin.
With one out in the eighth inning, B.J. Upton snapped an 0-for-16 streak with a single off starter Chris Capuano, ending his night with Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly bringing in Jansen to face Gattis, who was pinch-hitting for Cory Gearrin. Gattis fouled off three straight 2-2 pitches before hammering a 94 mile-per-hour fastball into the left field bleachers.
Kris Medlen took a tough-luck no decision, going seven innings and giving up just two hits and an unearned run with a short-handed bullpen.
That lone Dodgers run came after Adrian Gonzalez drew a one-out walk in the fourth inning. Gonzalez would have stopped at third base if Justin Upton didn't bobble Skip Schumaker's double to left, but he ended up scoring on the error.
Capuno also ended up taking a no decision, despite 7 1/3 strong innings of allowing just five hits and the inherited runner that scored on Gattis' homer.
The Braves go for the three-game sweep Sunday at 1:35.
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