Minor encouraging, but Braves lose again to LA 4-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 12, 2014 at 10:31 pm •  Published: August 12, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — Mike Minor's outing provided the Braves with some hope.

The result was the same.

Another loss.

B.J. Upton homered and Minor worked into the seventh inning, but the Los Angeles Dodgers made it two in a row over Atlanta with a 4-2 victory Tuesday night.

For the skidding Braves, it was their 11th loss in 13 games. They dropped five games behind Washington in the NL East.

"We're always just a couple of hits away from winning the game. It can't happen like that all year," Upton said. "A lot of people look at the Nationals in front of us. But there's a lot of baseball to play. It's no time to panic."

Dan Haren (10-9) pitched six solid innings and sparked the go-ahead rally with a single in the fifth after Upton put the Braves ahead 2-1 in the fourth, sending a drive deep into the left-field seats for his ninth homer.

Haren, hitting .132 coming into the game, singled to right-center with one out. Carl Crawford followed with a double, sending Haren to third, and the pitcher scored the tying run on Yasiel Puig's grounder to third.

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.

Minor (4-8) matched his longest outing of the past month after being skipped his previous turn in the rotation, coming off a 10-1 loss at San Diego. The Atlanta lefty went 6 2-3 innings, allowing eight hits and three runs.

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

With Los Angeles up 1-0, Upton homered off Haren for the sixth time in his career, three more homers than he has against any other pitcher.

But the Braves struggled again offensively, striking out 12 times. Haren surrendered six hits and both Atlanta runs, his second straight strong start after a five-game losing streak.

"Danny's the guy that sets the tone in that game, keeps us there," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "The one thing you can't ever question is, is Danny going to be ready? He's going to give you everything he's got."

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