12:10 PM ET, August 14, 2014
Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia
ATLANTA -- Despite hitting only .229 in the first 12 games in August, Dee Gordon remained confident in his approach as he refused to make changes that might lead to bad habits.
Gordon, hitting .291 overall, also stole two bases, increasing his total to 54, the most in the major leagues.
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"Dee Gordon beat us," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He's probably your most traditional leadoff hitter I've seen in a long time."
"When your guys up top get on, it just changes the game," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, who said Gordon "was setting the tone, getting on and stealing bases."
Drew Butera hit a two-run homer, his first in almost three months, in the second inning for the NL West-leading Dodgers, who won three of four in the series.
The Braves, who began the day five games behind first-place Washington in the NL East, have lost 12 of 14.
"We've still got 41 games left," said Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who had three hits, including a double in the three-run eighth. "We can still make something of this if we keep grinding."
Roberto Hernandez (7-8), making his second start since his trade from the Phillies on Aug. 7, allowed one run on three hits and four walks in six innings.
Butera's second-inning homer off Aaron Harang (9-7) was only his third of the season and his first since May 16.
Jansen struck out pinch-hitter Evan Gattis to end the eighth but ran into trouble in the ninth. After giving up a one-out walk to Jason Heyward, Jansen struck out Emilio Bonifacio. Freeman doubled, moving Heyward to third. Jansen wrapped up his 34th save on B.J. Upton's swinging strikeout.
Harang 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.
Dodgers: Mattingly said RHP Josh Beckett won't come off the 15-day disabled list when eligible on Tuesday. Beckett, who has a left hip impingement, will have more tests and Mattingly said surgery "is a possibility." ... Mattingly said LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu may have a MRI after leaving Wednesday night's game with a right gluteus muscle strain.
Braves: After doubling and advancing with a slide into third base in the eighth, Justin Upton left the game with a mild left hamstring strain. "It's something that flares up," he said. The Braves say his status is day to day. B.J. Upton came in as a pinch runner.
Dodgers: After completing a nine-game road trip, the Dodgers open a home series against Milwaukee as RHP Zack Greinke looks for his 13th win against RHP Jimmy Nelson. Greinke, an All-Star this season, is 6-2 with a 2.66 in 10 home starts.
Luis Avilan, recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett, gave up one run on two hits and a walk in the ninth. He said he focused on his curveball and change-up at Gwinnett. He joins James Russell as left-handers in the Braves' bullpen. The team optioned RHP Juan Jaime to Gwinnett following Wednesday night's win.
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Puig made a leaping catch of Freeman's drive at the 400-foot mark, falling with his back against the centerfield wall in the sixth.
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 14: Roberto Hernandez #55 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a warmup pitch before the game...(Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|1st||Y Puig singled to center, D Gordon scored.||1||0|
|2nd||D Butera homered to left (398 feet), M Rojas scored.||3||0|
|3rd||A Gonzalez singled to right, D Gordon scored.||4||0|
|4th||T La Stella grounded out to first, F Freeman scored, J Upton to third.||4||1|
|5th||A Gonzalez singled to right, D Gordon scored, Y Puig to second.||5||1|
|8th||J Upton doubled to left, E Bonifacio and F Freeman scored.||5||3|
|8th||A Simmons singled to left, B Upton scored.||5||4|
|9th||A Gonzalez doubled to deep center, D Gordon scored, Y Puig thrown out at home.||6||4|
|View complete Play-By-Play|
|Stadium||Turner Field, Atlanta, GA|
|Attendance||19,347 (39.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||77 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Mark Ripperger|
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