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Dodgers 6, Braves 3

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- Derek Lowe was up for the challenge of helping the Los Angeles Dodgers get their first win over Tim Hudson.

Lowe outpitched Hudson, giving up three hits and an unearned run in seven innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 on Saturday night in a matchup of first-place teams.

It was the Dodgers' first win in eight tries against Hudson.

Lowe retired the final nine batters he faced.

"That's the nastiest stuff I've seen since I've been up," said Atlanta's Jeff Francoeur, who was 0-for-4.

Hudson, off to perhaps the best start of his career, began the night second in the NL with a 1.40 ERA and fourth in opponents batting average (.186). Those numbers only fired up Lowe.

"I've always loved facing teams when the other guy is on a roll," Lowe said. "I think it makes you elevate your game."

Lowe (3-3) had eight strikeouts and walked two batters. After giving up the unearned run in the third inning, the only other threat he faced came in the fifth, when he allowed a leadoff double to Willie Harris. Lowe retired the next three batters to leave Harris stranded on second.

Lowe, who left the game with a 2-1 lead, said he was conscious of trying to stay ahead of Hudson.

"Sometimes as a team, facing a guy like Hudson, I think it brings maybe a different intensity to the game," Lowe said. "You know you have to bring your A game that day."

Hudson (3-1) also pitched well. The veteran, who had been 5-0 against Los Angeles, gave up three runs and seven hits in eight innings.

"Derek Lowe, man, I'll tell you what, he was really good tonight," Hudson said.

Wilson Betemit, normally the Dodgers' starting third baseman, hit a pinch-hit homer off Hudson in the eighth. Betemit, the former Brave, was hitting only .125 with no homers when he was benched by manager Grady Little.

Betemit batted for Lowe in the eighth inning and hit a fastball from Hudson into the right-field seats for a 3-1 lead.

"I know I can play here," Betemit said. "I don't have to put my head down, just come here and work hard. ... Today I'm not in the lineup, but I know I have to keep working."

Little wouldn't say if the homer earned Betemit a start in the final game of the three-game series Sunday.

"We know what the guy is capable of doing," Little said. "We're proud to see it. ... It came at a good time for us, and that's what counts."

Ramon Martinez, who started at third base, was 1-for-4.

Dodgers reliever Jonathan Broxton gave up an eighth-inning walk to Kelly Johnson and a single to Edgar Renteria to put runners on first and third with one out. Broxton struck out Chipper Jones and got Andruw Jones to ground out to end the threat.

The Dodgers added three runs off Tyler Yates in the ninth.

Yates walked Jeff Kent and gave up a single to Luis Gonzalez. Kent scored on Russell Martin's single to left. Andre Ethier and Martinez added run-scoring singles off Steve Colyer.

The Braves loaded the bases against Joe Beimel in the ninth. Scott Thorman doubled with two outs, pinch-hitter Matt Diaz had an infield single and pinch-hitter Craig Wilson walked.

Takashi Saito gave up a two-run single to Johnson and then got Renteria to ground out for his ninth save.

Harris, called up from Triple-A Richmond last Sunday, had two hits, including a third-inning single. Harris stole second and third and scored to give the Braves a 1-0 lead when second baseman Jeff Kent bobbled Chipper Jones' grounder for an error.

The Dodgers opened the fourth inning with three straight hits. After singles by Rafael Furcal and Juan Pierre, Furcal scored on Nomar Garciaparra's single to left. Pierre later scored from third on a grounder by Luis Gonzalez for a 2-1 lead.

Hudson has lasted at least seven innings in each of his first six starts and hasn't allowed more than three runs in any start. His ERA rose to 1.70.

Notes

The Dodgers moved to 15-0 when leading after six innings. ... Renteria's eighth-inning single off Broxton extended his hitting streak to 14 games. ... The homer by Betemit was the first allowed by Hudson in 47 innings. He gave up a homer to Philadelphia's Carlos Ruiz in his first start of the season on April 4. ... The two steals by Harris were his first two of the season. He led the Braves with seven stolen bases in spring training.

 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

K. Johnson
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Los Angeles

D. Lowe
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 2
K 8
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS4130000 .233
Juan Pierre, CF4120002 .289
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B4011000 .298
Jeff Kent, 2B3100102 .308
    Wilson Valdez, 2B0000000 .244
Luis Gonzalez, LF4011000 .278
    Brady Clark, PR-LF0100000 .235
Russell Martin, C4111001 .317
Andre Ethier, RF4011000 .274
Ramon Martinez, 3B4011010 .188
Derek Lowe, P2000020 .182
   a- Wilson Betemit, PH1111000 .140
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
   b- Olmedo Saenz, PH1000001 .238
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Totals35611613  
a-homered for Lowe in the 8th
b-grounded into a double play for Broxton in the 9th
Batting
HR - Wilson Betemit (1, Hudson)
RBI - Nomar Garciaparra (20), Luis Gonzalez (12), Russell Martin (19), Andre Ethier (13), Ramon Martinez (6), Wilson Betemit (7)
PK - Juan Pierre (1, Hudson)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Kent-Furcal-Garciaparra
E - Jeff Kent (4, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Derek Lowe (W,3-3) 7310280 3.89
Jonathan Broxton (H,7) 1100110 1.08
Joe Beimel 0.2222100 3.52
Takashi Saito (S,9) 0.1100000 1.80
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 105-66, Jonathan Broxton 26-16, Joe Beimel 13-7, Takashi Saito 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 10-3, Jonathan Broxton 2-0, Joe Beimel 1-1, Takashi Saito 1-0
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 26, Jonathan Broxton 5, Joe Beimel 5, Takashi Saito 2
Atlanta Braves
Kelly Johnson, 2B4012112 .320
Edgar Renteria, SS4010103 .331
Chipper Jones, 3B3000112 .304
Andruw Jones, CF4000015 .235
Brian McCann, C4010010 .311
Jeff Francoeur, RF4000021 .301
Scott Thorman, 1B4110011 .262
Willie Harris, LF3120000 .500
   a- Matt Diaz, PH1110000 .271
Tim Hudson, P2000022 .167
   b- Chris Woodward, PH1000000 .214
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
    Steve Colyer, P0000000 .000
    Chad Paronto, P0000000 .000
   c- Craig Wilson, PH0000100 .176
Totals3437249  
a-singled for Harris in the 9th
b-grounded out for Hudson in the 8th
c-walked for Paronto in the 9th
Batting
2B - Scott Thorman (5, Beimel), Willie Harris (1, Lowe)
RBI - Kelly Johnson 2 (17)
2-OUT RBI - Kelly Johnson 2 (12)
SB - Willie Harris 2 (2, 2nd base off Lowe/Martin, 3rd base off Lowe/Martin)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Renteria-Thorman, Jones-Johnson-Thorman
E - Andruw Jones (1, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
Tim Hudson (L,3-1) 8733031 1.70
Tyler Yates 0.1233100 5.68
Steve Colyer0200000 4.91
Chad Paronto 0.2000000 2.35
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 87-58, Tyler Yates 15-8, Steve Colyer 5-2, Chad Paronto 2-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 11-8, Chad Paronto 1-0
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 29, Tyler Yates 4, Steve Colyer 2, Chad Paronto 1
Game Information
Attendance - 42786
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Randy Marsh