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LOS ANGELES -- Chipper Jones left Dodger Stadium for perhaps the last time with some more fond memories.
One night after hitting a home run on his 40th birthday, Jones singled home the go-ahead run in his final regular-season at-bat at Chavez Ravine after Dan Uggla tied it with his second RBI single earlier in the ninth inning, and the Atlanta Braves defeated Los Angeles 4-2 on Wednesday night.
Jones also made a couple of fielding gems at third base, robbing A.J. Ellis of a potential RBI single in the hole with a diving stop and then throwing him out to end the sixth, then doing the same to Dee Gordon to end the game.
"I was like a schoolkid out there. I mean, that's what you play the game for -- moments like that," Jones said. "You don't know how many times I've rehearsed that very moment in my backyard growing up, only I was a Dodger. It's indescribable.
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"It's been a storybook season so far," he added. "It's been one highlight after another. And, man, I'm savoring each and every one of them because you never know when the last one is going to come. To have revered this ballpark and this organization the way I did as a kid, and to leave it here tonight like this, it's awfully special. I'll remember that inning and that hit and that last play of the game for a long time."
Dodgers closer Javy Guerra (1-3) gave up five consecutive one-out hits in the ninth. The second one was a liner by Brian McCann that ricocheted off his face, but manager Don Mattingly kept the right-hander in there and he surrendered RBI singles to Uggla, Jones and Jason Heyward.
"The stage was set for me by the rest of the guys to come in and get five straight hits off a guy with that kind of stuff," Jones said. "I've never faced him before, and when he threw me that first pitch, I was like: 'Oh boy, I've got my hands full here.' But he made a mistake to a couple of guys in that inning, and we didn't miss them."
Guerra lost for the third time in his past five appearances and had to undergo concussion tests after the game, which showed no signs of one.
"That just shows you how tough he is and how much he wants to be out there and compete. And you want a guy like that on your team," Dodgers first baseman James Loney said. "He has the mentality of a closer. You just shake off the last bad day and come out ready for the next one."
Incredibly, the crowd booed him when he returned to the dugout after being relieved by Josh Lindblom.
"These are not our fans, but I was a little disappointed that they booed him," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "This guy took one in the face and he tried to stay in there and save the game -- and they booed him coming off the field. But you've got to give the guy some credit for some courage there."
Dodgers left-hander Ted Lilly outdueled Brandon Beachy through seven innings in a matchup of pitchers who came in with sub-1.00 ERAs and Matt Kemp tied a Dodgers franchise record for April with his 10th home run.
Lilly threw just 79 pitches, allowing a run and three hits. The two-time All-Star, who spent the first two weeks of the season on the disabled list because of a neck strain, was trying to win his first three starts of a season for the first time in his 15-year career. He lowered his ERA to 0.90.
Beachy allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings, raising his ERA from 0.47 to 1.05. The 25-year-old right-hander returned to the site of his first major league victory on April 19, 2011, when he yielded only two hits over six scoreless innings in a 10-1 victory.
"What a game that was," McCann said. "The way Beachy pitched was amazing, and then our bullpen came in and did what they do every time they take the mound. We've got as good a late-inning bullpen as you're going to find. We came through in the ninth with some big ABs, and that's what you've got to do to beat good teams like this."
The score was tied at 1 in the sixth when a brief but steady rain began to fall as Kemp got into the batter's box to lead off the inning. He then drove a 2-2 pitch from Beachy deep into the left-field pavilion for his 10th home run, matching the franchise record for April that Gary Sheffield set in 2000 -- and with four games to spare. It was the first home run allowed by Beachy in four starts this year.
|Chipper Jones follows through on his ninth-inning single that drives in the go-ahead run against the Dodgers. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Michael Bourn, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.312|
|Martin Prado, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.254|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||4||2||2||0||0||0||1||.288|
|Brian McCann, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.262|
|Jack Wilson, PR-SS||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.125|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||3||1||2||2||1||0||0||.264|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.278|
|Jason Heyward, RF||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.303|
|Tyler Pastornicky, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.234|
|David Ross, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.455|
|Brandon Beachy, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.143|
|Chad Durbin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Eric O'Flaherty, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Eric Hinske, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.235|
|Jonny Venters, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Juan Francisco, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.267|
|Craig Kimbrel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for O'Flaherty in the 8th|
|b-grounded into a double play for Venters in the 9th|
|2B - Freddie Freeman (7, Lilly)|
|RBI - Dan Uggla 2 (11), Chipper Jones (10), Jason Heyward (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla (3)|
|CS - Martin Prado (1, 2nd base by Lilly/Ellis)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Jonny Venters (W,2-0)||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||0.00|
|Craig Kimbrel (S,7)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.13|
|WP - Brandon Beachy (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Beachy 109-74, Chad Durbin 7-1, Eric O'Flaherty 4-4, Jonny Venters 11-9, Craig Kimbrel 11-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Beachy 7-7, Craig Kimbrel 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Brandon Beachy 28, Chad Durbin 2, Eric O'Flaherty 1, Jonny Venters 3, Craig Kimbrel 3|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Dee Gordon, SS||5||0||1||1||0||0||1||.236|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.262|
|Matt Kemp, CF||3||1||1||1||1||1||1||.449|
|Andre Ethier, RF||4||0||1||0||0||3||3||.288|
|James Loney, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.222|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.294|
|Tony Gwynn Jr., LF||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.240|
|A.J. Ellis, C||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.277|
|Ted Lilly, P||1||0||1||0||0||0||1||.200|
|a- Juan Uribe, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.255|
|Kenley Jansen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Javy Guerra, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Josh Lindblom, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Adam Kennedy, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.063|
|a-struck out for Lilly in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Lindblom in the 9th|
|2B - Andre Ethier (6, Beachy)|
|HR - Matt Kemp (10, Beachy)|
|SH - Ted Lilly (2)|
|RBI - Dee Gordon (4), Matt Kemp (23)|
|SB - Dee Gordon (10, 2nd base off Beachy/McCann), Tony Gwynn Jr. (1, 2nd base off Beachy/McCann)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Ellis-Gordon-Loney|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Kenley Jansen (H,5)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.84|
|Javy Guerra (BS,2; L,1-3)||0.1||5||3||3||0||0||0||5.59|
|HBP - Pastornicky (by Josh Lindblom)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 78-55, Kenley Jansen 17-10, Javy Guerra 18-13, Josh Lindblom 3-2|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 8-10, Kenley Jansen 2-0, Josh Lindblom 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 24, Kenley Jansen 4, Javy Guerra 6, Josh Lindblom 2|
|Attendance - 26345|
|Game Time - 2:54|
|Temperature - 64|
|Umpires - Home - Al Porter, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Derryl Cousins|