LOS ANGELES (AP) — Julio Teheran battled Clayton Kershaw until the end only to come up a hard-luck loser, sending the Atlanta Braves out of town with three straight losses to the first-place Dodgers.
Teheran allowed five hits in eight innings of a 2-1 defeat on Thursday night in his third complete game of the season and first in a losing effort. He struck out nine and walked three.
"He did a great job against a dangerous lineup with a lot of good hitters," Atlanta rookie Tommy La Stella said. "He kept them off-balance all night and gave us a shot."
Atlanta infielder Chris Johnson didn't play, leaving him a great seat for the showdown.
"You had two of the best arms in the big leagues throwing against each other, and you know that one of them was going to come out on the short end," he said. "It stinks for us that it was Julio, but you tip your cap to the other guy because it was Clayton Kershaw."
Kershaw scattered nine hits and struck out nine while notching his second consecutive complete game following his three-hit shutout at San Francisco last weekend.
"I had my best and everything was working, but I made a couple of mistakes and they got two runs," Teheran said. "It was fun (pitching against Kershaw). I know it's not that easy to face him, but we had a real battle out there."
Teheran (10-7) fell behind in the first. Yasiel Puig walked and scored from first when Adrian Gonzalez doubled to deep right-center field.
"I don't know how much better we can pitch," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Puig homered in the third as the Dodgers swept the Braves for the first time since taking four in a row from July 26-29, 1990, at home.
Atlanta closed to 2-1 on Justin Upton's infield single to third in the ninth.
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