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Haren, Dodgers beat hapless Braves again, 4-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 12, 2014 at 10:07 pm •  Published: August 12, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — The Dodgers are getting solid performances out of their starting pitchers.

Pretty good hitting, too.

Dan Haren pitched six innings and sparked the go-ahead rally with a single, leading Los Angeles to another win over the skidding Atlanta Braves, 4-2 on Tuesday night.

It was the second night in a row the Dodgers got production out of the ninth spot in the order. The previous night, Kevin Correia had two hits and scored a run.

"I was hoping I didn't get thrown out," Haren (10-9) quipped about his hit to right-center field. "It takes me about eight seconds to get to first."

After allowing a fourth-inning homer to B.J. Upton that put the Braves up 2-1, Haren reached base with one out in the fifth. Carl Crawford followed with a double, sending Haren to third, and the pitcher scored the tying run on Yasiel Puig's grounder to third.

"Puig hit the ball and I wasn't sure if it was going to the pitcher," Haren said. "I just went!"

Matt Kemp hit a little blooper to right that just got over the glove of second baseman Tommy La Stella, bringing home Crawford.

That was enough for the Dodgers.

Mike Minor (4-8) matched his longest outing of the past month after being skipped his previous turn in the rotation. The Atlanta lefty went 6 2-3 innings, allowing eight hits and all three Dodgers run.

Kenley Jansen earned his 33rd save.

The Braves lost for the 11th time in their last 13 games, including two straight to the Dodgers.

With Los Angeles up 1-0, Upton drove his ninth homer of the season deep into left-field seats. It was his sixth career homer off the Dodgers right-hander; Upton has no more than three homers against anyone else.

Minor came into the game with a 5.42 ERA, having surrendered nine hits, two homers and five runs in his most recent start Aug. 1, a 10-1 loss at San Diego.

"I changed some things mechanically, with some of my grips. I thought my stuff was moving better," Minor said. "It was encouraging."

The Dodgers padded their lead in the ninth without a hit. Braves shortstop Emilio Bonifacio botched an easy grounder, and Darwin Barney hustled all the way to second on the error. Barney moved to third on a groundout, and scored on David Hale's wild pitch.

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