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Braves' free-fall continues in 6-4 loss to Dodgers

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 14, 2014 at 5:09 pm •  Published: August 14, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman promised the Braves won't give up on the season.

Freeman had three hits, including a double in Atlanta's three-run eighth, but the rally fell short as the slumping Braves fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 on Thursday.

The Braves trailed 5-1 before the eighth.

"I really liked the effort of our club, being down 5-1," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We didn't give up. We didn't give up at-bats. We had a chance."

Even so, another loss extended Atlanta's free-fall. The Braves, who lost three of four in the series, began the day trailing first-place Washington by 5 games in the NL East.

"We've still got 41 games left," Freeman said. "We can still make something of this if we keep grinding. ... We're not giving up. We're still in this thing."

Kenley Jansen struck out B.J. Upton with runners on second and third to end the game.

Dee Gordon had three hits and scored four runs for the NL West-leading Dodgers. Drew Butera hit a two-run homer, his first in almost three months.

Gordon stole two bases, increasing his total to 54, the most in the major leagues.

"Dee Gordon beat us," Gonzalez said.

Gordon had plenty of help. Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez, who followed Gordon in the batting order, each also had three hits. Gonzalez drove in three runs.

The Braves trailed 5-1 before Justin Upton's two-run double off Brian Wilson in the eighth. Andrelton Simmons' single off Jansen drove in Upton, cutting the Dodgers' lead to one run.

Jansen struck out pinch-hitter Evan Gattis to end the eighth. After Los Angeles scored one run in the top of the ninth, the Braves gave Jansen a scare.

After giving up a one-out walk to Jason Heyward, Jansen struck out Emilio Bonifacio. Freeman doubled off the right-field wall, moving Heyward to third. Jansen wrapped up his 34th save on Upton's swinging strikeout.

The Braves have lost 12 of 15.

Aaron Harang (9-7) had his worst start in two months, allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks in 4 1-3 innings. Harang hadn't allowed as many runs since he was charged with nine runs, eight earned, in a 10-5 loss to Philadelphia on June 18.

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