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Langerhans drives in go-ahead run as Braves knock off Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES -- Pitching figured to rule in the season-opening three-game series between the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Instead, hitters had the upper hand.

Ryan Langerhans hit a two-out ground-rule double in the eighth to drive in the go-ahead run, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-8 in the finale Wednesday night.

All three games were decided by one run, with the Braves winning two. Atlanta had 34 hits and scored 24 runs, while Los Angeles had 39 hits and scored 23 times.

"Wild series -- tons of hitting," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "It played like Coors Field."

Marcus Giles and Edgar Renteria drew two-out walks off Franquelis Osoria (0-1) before Langerhans, who entered the game in the seventh, hit a liner into the right-field corner that bounced into the stands.

"I love being up there in that situation with a chance to do something," Langerhans said. "It was a wild game. You can't fall asleep, you have to play all nine innings."

Langerhans homered off Osoria in the eighth inning Monday to give the Braves an 11-5 lead in a game they eventually won 11-10.

Oscar Villareal (2-0), who pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the seventh, was the winner. Chris Reitsma, the sixth Atlanta pitcher, retired all five batters he faced for his second save.

"It's nice to go feel comfortable out there," Reitsma said. "I was able to be aggressive and throw the ball where I wanted to. That's the key right now -- just being aggressive.

"It was a crazy series," he added, regarding all the offense. "I think you'll see it change in a few weeks."

The Dodgers, who already have Kenny Lofton and Nomar Garciaparra on the disabled list, lost Jeff Kent and Olmedo Saenz during the game.

Kent was lifted for a pinch hitter in the fourth because of the bruised left triceps he sustained when hit by a pitch in the first, and Saenz came out in the fifth because of a stiff back. Neither injury is believed to be serious.

"If I can get my strength back in a couple of days, I'll be all right," Kent said. "I'll be able to play through the pain. I just have no strength to pick the bat up right now.

"I'm disappointed about how the series went, but I'm happy because we're showing some good signs of scoring runs. We'll get it clicking here. I predicted in spring training that we'd be blue-collar types and workhorses, a workingman's team. Things will start going our way."

The Dodgers, who blew an early 5-0 lead, scored three runs in the seventh to tie the game on an error by shortstop Edgar Renteria and RBI singles by Bill Mueller and Sandy Alomar Jr., who had three hits each.

Villareal, who relieved Mike Remlinger and allowed Alomar's single, hit Jason Repko with a pitch to load the bases before retiring pinch hitter Cody Ross and Rafael Furcal.

The Dodgers scored four runs in the first for the second straight game on RBI singles by J.D. Drew and Mueller, a run-scoring double by Alomar and a sacrifice fly by Saenz.

Jose Cruz Jr. hit a sacrifice fly in the second to make it 5-0, but the Braves tied it against Odalis Perez in the third on an RBI double by Renteria, a sacrifice fly by Matt Diaz, a run-scoring single by Andruw Jones and a two-run homer by Wilson Betemit.

Atlanta took an 8-5 lead and chased Perez in the fourth, scoring on an RBI single by Renteria, a bases-loaded walk to Jones and a sacrifice fly by Jeff Francouer.

Braves starter Horacio Ramirez allowed eight hits and five runs in three innings. He left in the fourth after straining his left hamstring while running out a bunt single. Perez gave up nine hits and seven runs in three-plus innings.

Cox said Ramirez will probably be placed on the disabled list, with John Thomson filling his spot in the rotation. Thomson allowed two hits and two runs in 3 1/3 innings Wednesday night.

Atlanta's Chipper Jones was held out of the game because of what Cox called "a little soreness in his stomach." The decision was made after Jones took batting practice.

Jones said he planned to play Thursday in San Francisco.

Notes

  • Renteria's two hits gave him 1,600 in his career, and Jones' two RBI lifted his career total to 901.
  • The weather cleared to the point where the teams took batting practice, something they hadn't been able to do before the first two games of the series.
  • Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti presented 1B James Loney with the first base bag from Tuesday night's game -- Loney's first in the majors.
  • Dodgers closer Eric Gagne served the second game of a two-game suspension. He will be available Friday night when the Dodgers open a seven-game road trip in Philadelphia.
  • Cox said he looked forward to his team's four-game series against Barry Bonds and the Giants. "You look forward to any time Bonds is playing because he's that good," Cox said.
 
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L.A. shortstop Rafael Furcal tosses the ball to second base after making a diving save.  (Getty Images)
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HR - Wilson Betemit (1, O. Perez)
SF - Matt Diaz (1), Jeff Francoeur (1)
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2-OUT RBI - Ryan Langerhans (1), Wilson Betemit 2 (2)
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E - Todd Pratt (1, Wild throw), Edgar Renteria (1, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
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John Thomson 3.1222230 4.91
Mike Remlinger0110000 0.00
Oscar Villarreal (BS,1; W,2-0) 0.2100000 0.00
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Chris Reitsma (S,2) 1.2000010 6.00
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