Los Angeles at Atlanta

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Atlanta (53-51) «00101200x4100

Lowe throws six effective innings to win fourth straight decision

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ATLANTA -- Derek Lowe called it just another average performance. For Dodgers manager Joe Torre, it was a reminder of the right-hander's attacking style.

Lowe pitched six innings in his first game against Los Angeles since he signed with Atlanta in the offseason, leading the Braves to a 4-3 victory Saturday.

Lowe (11-7) allowed three runs and five hits to win his fourth straight decision. The right-hander went 54-48 over four seasons with the Dodgers before agreeing to a $60 million, four-year contract with the Braves in January.

"That's the guy I know," Torre said. "That's the guy that helped us get to the playoffs last year.

"He goes after you. I'm not saying that in a negative way. He's going to continue to be aggressive."

Lowe wasn't impressed with the outing, upset with two walks that helped set up Casey Blake's sacrifice fly and James Loney's RBI single in the fourth.

"Against a lineup like that walks are going to hurt you," Lowe said.

Chipper Jones, Nate McLouth and Adam LaRoche each had two hits for Atlanta. McLouth scored twice and Jones had two RBI.

LaRoche scored the tying run in the sixth in his return to Atlanta following Friday's trade with Boston. The first baseman's arrival was delayed by a crew change on his plane and a bomb scare at LaGuardia Airport in New York. He made it to Turner Field about an hour before the game.

"I was a little tired out there but coming back home gave me a spark of energy," said LaRoche, who played for Atlanta from 2004-06. "It felt good."

LaRoche was with the Pittsburgh Pirates when he was dealt to the Red Sox on July 22.

"This turned out great," he said. "I'm not going to lie and say Boston wasn't fun. I did not see this coming at all. But if I was going to go anywhere from Boston, this is where I would want to be. I couldn't have drawn it up any better."

Andre Ethier's 22nd homer gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead in the sixth. Ethier also homered and drove in four runs in Los Angeles' 5-0 win over the Braves on Friday night.

Ethier said facing Lowe was "a little different."

"I guess the advantage is that you've seen the way he goes after different hitters," Ethier said.

The Braves went ahead to stay in the bottom half of the sixth. LaRoche singled, moved up on catcher Russell Martin's errant pickoff throw with two out and scored on Diory Hernandez's base hit. Pinch-hitter Greg Norton singled in Hernandez to give Atlanta the lead.

Norton is hitting .182 (8 for 45) as a pinch hitter and .151 overall.

"It has been frustrating. I'm not going to lie about it," Norton said. "You just want to pull your own weight. When you come into the clubhouse and you feel like you haven't done anything all year, it's frustrating."

Randy Wolf (5-6) gave up four runs, three earned, and nine hits in six innings for the Dodgers. He struck out seven and walked two.

"It just comes down to I have to do a better job," Wolf said. "It was as simple as that."

Braves second baseman Martin Prado had one hit in his return to the lineup after he was limited by a bruised left ankle to one at-bat as a pinch hitter on Friday night. Outfielder Ryan Church (sore elbow) and shortstop Yunel Escobar (bruised right wrist) did not play.

Ethier went 2 for 4 and nearly had a third hit. First-base umpire Scott Barry said his liner down the right-field line in the first landed in foul territory. TV replays indicated the ball was fair.

Ethier said Barry acknowledged later in the game he missed the call.

"He said he had to make a quick call and sometimes you make mistakes," Ethier said. "He apologized for that. It took a lot of class for him to do that. I said 'I understand."'

Notes

  • The Braves optioned 1B Barbaro Canizares to Triple-A Gwinnett to make room for LaRoche.
  • RHP Tim Hudson said the upper hamstring injury that prevented him from making his rehab start with Gwinnett on Friday night is not serious. The Braves initially said Hudson suffered a mild groin injury.
  • Dodgers RHP Ronald Belisario (strained right elbow) threw 20 pitches to hitters before batting practice and could begin a minor league rehab stint next week.
 
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Derek Lowe improves to 11-7 after holding his former team to three runs in six innings.  (AP)
Derek Lowe improves to 11-7 after holding his former team to three runs in six innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

D. Lowe
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 3
BB 2
K 2
Los Angeles

A. Ethier
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS3100100 .265
Andre Ethier, RF4221000 .270
Manny Ramirez, LF3000100 .310
Casey Blake, 3B3011000 .286
James Loney, 1B4021001 .288
Matt Kemp, CF4000034 .312
Russell Martin, C3000002 .261
Orlando Hudson, 2B3010000 .290
Randy Wolf, P2000000 .116
   a- Juan Pierre, PH1000001 .314
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
Totals3036323  
a-lined out for Wolf in the 7th
Batting
2B - Casey Blake (21, Lowe), Orlando Hudson (27, Moylan)
HR - Andre Ethier (22, Lowe)
SF - Casey Blake (8)
RBI - Andre Ethier (67), Casey Blake (59), James Loney (64)
PK - Matt Kemp (2, Lowe)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Hudson-Furcal-Loney
E - Russell Martin (5, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Randy Wolf (L,5-6) 6943270 3.47
Hong-Chih Kuo 1000010 4.00
Guillermo Mota 1100000 2.98
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 97-69, Hong-Chih Kuo 13-9, Guillermo Mota 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 3-7, Hong-Chih Kuo 2-0
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 28, Hong-Chih Kuo 3, Guillermo Mota 4
Atlanta Braves
Nate McLouth, CF4220011 .260
Martin Prado, 2B4010001 .310
Chipper Jones, 3B4022000 .290
Garret Anderson, LF4000012 .293
Matt Diaz, RF3000110 .284
Adam LaRoche, 1B3120100 .251
David Ross, C4010034 .281
Diory Hernandez, SS4111014 .150
Derek Lowe, P2000010 .194
   a- Greg Norton, PH1011000 .151
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
Totals33410428  
a-singled for Lowe in the 6th
Batting
2B - Chipper Jones (18, Wolf), David Ross (6, Mota)
RBI - Chipper Jones 2 (51), Diory Hernandez (6), Greg Norton (5)
2-OUT RBI - Chipper Jones (20), Diory Hernandez (5), Greg Norton (2)
SB - Nate McLouth (16, 2nd base off Wolf/Martin)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nate McLouth 1
DP - McLouth-Prado
Atlanta Braves
Derek Lowe (W,11-7) 6533221 4.21
Peter Moylan (H,16) 0.1100000 3.77
Eric O'Flaherty (H,12) 0.2000000 3.53
Mike Gonzalez (H,11) 1000000 3.00
Rafael Soriano (S,16) 1000010 1.84
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 85-56, Peter Moylan 4-2, Eric O'Flaherty 6-5, Mike Gonzalez 10-6, Rafael Soriano 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 10-5, Peter Moylan 1-0, Mike Gonzalez 2-1, Rafael Soriano 1-1
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 24, Peter Moylan 2, Eric O'Flaherty 1, Mike Gonzalez 3, Rafael Soriano 3
Game Information
Attendance - 49843
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi