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Los Angeles at Atlanta

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Dodgers 8, Braves 3

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- Aaron Sele has been closely watching Andre Ethier and the rest of the Los Angeles Dodgers' impressive rookie class longer than most.

The 35-year-old Sele was at Triple-A Las Vegas with Ethier and some other recent callups in April, and he says he saw the success coming.

Ethier hit a two-run homer -- his fourth -- and drove in the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning single to lift the Dodgers to an 8-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

"They have the right attitude," said Sele, who gave up three runs in six innings in a no-decision. "They show up and they're ready to work. They absorb what's going on. That's why they've had such great success."

Sele, denied his fourth win in his fifth start since he was called up to Los Angeles on May 6, walked three and left with the game tied 3-3.

Ethier, an outfielder recalled from Las Vegas on May 2, is hitting .313 with four homers and 12 RBI. The Dodgers called up outfielder Matt Kemp on Sunday, and he had two hits and drove in two runs in a 12-5 win over the Braves on Monday.

The Dodgers have seven rookies on their 25-man roster, and many have played key roles in the team's strong month.

The Dodgers have won 10 of 12 and are 18-9 in May. The last time they won 18 games in May was in 1993, when they were 18-8.

Another rookie, third baseman Willy Aybar, drove in two runs with a ninth-inning double as the Dodgers, who lead the National League in runs, had 13 hits against Jorge Sosa and two relievers.

"They've got one of the best hitting teams we've faced," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "They're good."

Though he didn't start Monday, Ethier has been receiving regular starts in left field.

"He showed us a lot in spring training, but what he's been able to show us when he's been with the club has been amazing," Dodgers manager Grady Little said.

Little showed his confidence in Ethier by allowing the left-handed hitter to stay in the game against veteran left-handed reliever Mike Remlinger in a key eighth-inning situation.

Ethier's single up the middle drove in Nomar Garciaparra from second to break a 3-3 tie.

"I haven't faced too many lefties since I've been up here," Ethier said. "You have to find a way to get it done."

Ethier said he took more pride in the hit off Remlinger than his two-run homer in the fourth off Sosa.

"Of course it's a different ballgame up here, but in my minor league career I've had success against lefties," Ethier said.

Little may face some tough roster decisions when Jason Repko and Ricky Ledee return from the disabled list.

Kenny Lofton, who had two hits Tuesday, and J.D. Drew are the veteran regulars in center and right, respectively, for the Dodgers. Repko was hitting .304 with eight stolen bases before landing on the disabled list on May 10. Another veteran, Jose Cruz Jr., has started 37 games.

Danys Baez (3-2) allowed one hit in two innings and earned the win in relief.

Remlinger (2-3) gave up two hits and two runs in the eighth.

After Ethier's RBI single off Remlinger, Ramon Martinez added another run-scoring single off Tyler Yates, who was called up from Triple-A Richmond earlier Tuesday.

The Dodgers added three runs in the ninth off Yates on an RBI double by Garciaparra and the two-run double by Aybar.

Sosa gave up seven hits and three runs in seven innings.

The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first when Marcus Giles drew a leadoff walk and scored on Andruw Jones' two-out single.

Sosa threw 37 pitches through three shutout innings but needed 30 pitches to survive the Dodgers' three-run fourth.

Lofton led off the fourth with a single, moved to third on Garciaparra's grounder to Sosa, and scored on Drew's single to center.

Sosa struck out Aybar but then gave up a two-run homer to Ethier. The homer landed in the Braves' bullpen behind the wall in right-center, giving the Dodgers a 3-1 lead.

Adam LaRoche led off the Braves' fourth with an opposite-field homer to left, his ninth, to cut the lead to 3-2.

The Braves pulled even in the sixth. With two outs, Ryan Langerhans tripled past Lofton in center. Brayan Pena followed with a grounder that Martinez fielded behind second base but his throw skipped past Garciaparra at first. Pena was credited with a single.

Notes

Sele's double in the fifth inning was his second career extra-base hit and his first in eight years. He also had a double in 1998 for the Texas Rangers, his only extra-base hit in 37 at-bats in 13 seasons in the American League from 1993-2005. ... The three earned runs were the most allowed by Sele in his five starts with the Dodgers. His ERA rose from 1.69 to 2.20.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

A. Ethier
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Los Angeles

N. Garciaparra
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5000003 .259
Kenny Lofton, CF5220000 .319
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B5221002 .364
J.D. Drew, RF4211111 .283
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Willy Aybar, 3B4112111 .333
Andre Ethier, LF4123110 .313
Ramon Martinez, 2B5021012 .358
Russell Martin, C4000013 .264
Aaron Sele, P1010000 .200
   a- Jose Cruz Jr., PH1010000 .239
    Danys Baez, P0000000 .000
   b- Olmedo Saenz, PH1010000 .316
    Matt Kemp, PR-RF0000000 .429
Totals3981383512 
a-singled for Sele in the 7th
b-singled for Baez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Nomar Garciaparra 2 (16, Remlinger, Yates), Willy Aybar (6, Yates), Aaron Sele (1, Sosa)
HR - Andre Ethier (4, Sosa)
SH - Aaron Sele (4)
RBI - Nomar Garciaparra (35), J.D. Drew (37), Willy Aybar 2 (13), Andre Ethier 3 (12), Ramon Martinez (11)
2-OUT RBI - Nomar Garciaparra (13), Willy Aybar 2 (6), Andre Ethier 3 (8), Ramon Martinez (4)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Garciaparra-Furcal
Los Angeles Dodgers
Aaron Sele 6733331 2.20
Danys Baez (W,3-2) 2100010 2.30
Takashi Saito 1100120 2.42
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Sele 109-63, Danys Baez 20-15, Takashi Saito 26-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Sele 5-9, Danys Baez 3-2, Takashi Saito 1-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Sele 27, Danys Baez 7, Takashi Saito 5
Atlanta Braves
Marcus Giles, 2B4110121 .242
Edgar Renteria, SS3010100 .333
Chipper Jones, 3B4010114 .297
Andruw Jones, CF4011004 .271
Adam LaRoche, 1B4111001 .238
Jeff Francoeur, RF4000010 .247
Ryan Langerhans, LF3120100 .255
Brayan Pena, C4011012 .385
Jorge Sosa, P3000012 .143
    Mike Remlinger, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
   a- Wilson Betemit, PH1010000 .291
Totals343934614 
a-singled for Yates in the 9th
Batting
2B - Marcus Giles (13, Baez)
3B - Ryan Langerhans (2, Sele)
HR - Adam LaRoche (9, Sele)
SH - Edgar Renteria (3)
RBI - Andruw Jones (48), Adam LaRoche (30), Brayan Pena (2)
2-OUT RBI - Andruw Jones (15), Brayan Pena (1)
Team LOB - 9
Atlanta Braves
Jorge Sosa 7733041 4.78
Mike Remlinger (L,2-3) 0.2222100 3.86
Tyler Yates 1.1433210 20.25
IBB - Drew by Tyler Yates, by Ethier
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge Sosa 115-76, Tyler Yates 22-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge Sosa 7-10, Mike Remlinger 1-1, Tyler Yates 2-1
Batters Faced - Jorge Sosa 28, Mike Remlinger 5, Tyler Yates 10
Game Information
Attendance - 29517
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Gerry Davis