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Light-hitting Paul Janish sparked a tying rally, and kept things going in the 11th inning with his third hit of the night before pinch-hitter Juan Francisco won it with a two-out single, giving the Braves their fourth straight win, 4-3 over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.
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Janish was acquired at the trade deadline merely as infield insurance, but injuries have forced him into the lineup at shortstop. Known mainly for his defensive skills, he came into the game hitting just .210.
"I actually thought I've been swinging the bat pretty well," Janish said. "It wasn't as bad as it looks."
Backup catcher David Ross kept the 11th going with a single, and Janish followed with another hit off Brandon League (0-1). Jamey Wright took over for the Dodgers, but Francisco punched one to left between the third baseman and the shortstop. That set off a raucous celebration near second base as Francisco playfully tried to flee from his charging teammates.
"Good teams find a way to win those kind of games," Janish said. "Guys are up there grinding at the plate."
The Braves rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the eighth on Martin Prado run-scoring groundout and Jason Heyward's two-out single, ruining a strong performance by Capuano. He gave up second-inning homer to Chipper Jones, his third in two nights, but totally stifled the Braves until the eighth.
"I thought I was executing my pitches and they just found a way," Capuano said. "They're really putting together a great year. They're doing the little things to push a run across when they need to and they're pitching very well."
The Dodgers led after Andre Ethier's two-run homer off Tommy Hanson, and Shane Victorino added a run-scoring double in the seventh. But Los Angeles couldn't hold the lead, another discouraging loss after slugger Matt Kemp and manager Don Mattingly were ejected the previous night in a 10-6 setback at Pittsburgh.
"It's one of those losses that, you're taking two runs into the eighth, you feel like you're going to win that game," Mattingly said. "It's just a frustrating game. So many decisions. Some of them work out, others don't."
Hanson made it to the seventh in his first start coming off the disabled list. Both he and Capuano were long gone by the time this one was decided. Jonny Venters (4-3) earned the win for Atlanta.
The Dodgers had a runner thrown out at the plate before finally breaking through against Hanson. Mark Ellis led off the sixth with a grounder down the third-base line that was generously ruled a double after deflecting off Jones' glove, and Ethier followed with a shot into the right-field seats for his 12th homer.
Both teams wasted chances in the 10th.
Pinch-hitter Elian Herrera led off the top half with a routine grounder to second, but Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman inexplicably dropped the throw for an error. Victorino moved the runner along with a sacrifice bunt. After Ellis lined out to second, Kemp was intentionally walked to bring up Ethier. He grounded one off Jones' chest, but he recovered in time to throw out Ethier by a half-step.
Atlanta threatened when Michael Bourn singled with one out, stole second and kept on going when the throw skidded into center field. League fanned Prado, walked Heyward and got Jones on a fly ball to center.
After Jones' home, Capuano surrendered only three hits and a walk over the next six innings, not allowing a runner past first base. But Janish and Johnson sparked the Braves, and Capuano was lifted after Bourn moved the runners along with a sacrifice bunt.
Ronald Belisario retired Prado on a run-scoring groundout and got ahead in the count on Heyward. But the Atlanta hitter came through with an opposite-field single to left, clapping his hands furiously as he rounded first before giving coach Terry Pendleton an emphatic fist bump.
Hanson went 6 2/3 innings, lifted after giving up Victorino's RBI double on his 100th pitch.
Los Angeles had plenty of opportunities against Hanson. In the fourth, Ethier was thrown out at the plate trying to score all the way from first, Ross applying the tag after making a nice scoop on a one-hop relay throw from Janish. The next inning, the Dodgers got a runner to third with one out, but Capuano flied out to shallow left and Victorino struck out swinging, slamming his bat in frustration.
|Juan Francisco (center) delivers a two-out pinch-hit single in the 11th inning to give the Braves their fourth straight win. (AP)|
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|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Shane Victorino, LF||4||0||1||1||0||2||3||.263|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||5||1||1||0||0||1||1||.263|
|Matt Kemp, CF||4||0||0||0||1||0||1||.349|
|Andre Ethier, RF||4||1||1||2||1||0||2||.285|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||5||0||2||0||0||1||1||.261|
|James Loney, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.255|
|a- Juan Rivera, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.241|
|Luis Cruz, 3B||3||1||3||0||2||0||0||.280|
|Matt Treanor, C||5||0||0||0||0||2||4||.176|
|Jamey Wright, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Capuano, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.095|
|Ronald Belisario, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Elian Herrera, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.244|
|Randy Choate, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brandon League, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|A.J. Ellis, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.275|
|a-grounded into a double play for Loney in the 11th|
|b-grounded out for Belisario in the 10th|
|2B - Shane Victorino (23, Hanson), Mark Ellis (10, Hanson), Hanley Ramirez (24, Hanson), Luis Cruz (13, Hanson)|
|HR - Andre Ethier (12, Hanson)|
|SH - Shane Victorino (7), Chris Capuano (12)|
|RBI - Shane Victorino (47), Andre Ethier 2 (69)|
|2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino (17)|
|CS - Shane Victorino (5, 3rd base by Durbin/Ross)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - Matt Treanor (3, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Ronald Belisario (BS,3)||1.2||1||0||0||1||3||0||3.06|
|Brandon League (L,0-6)||1.1||2||1||1||1||1||0||4.35|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 91-71, Ronald Belisario 30-19, Randy Choate 6-4, Brandon League 30-13, Jamey Wright 4-2|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 4-10, Ronald Belisario 2-0, Brandon League 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 28, Ronald Belisario 7, Randy Choate 2, Brandon League 7, Jamey Wright 1|
|Michael Bourn, CF||3||0||2||0||1||0||0||.293|
|Martin Prado, LF||5||0||0||1||0||1||4||.296|
|Jason Heyward, RF||4||0||1||1||1||2||3||.275|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||5||1||1||1||0||0||4||.313|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||3||0||.273|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||3||0||.213|
|David Ross, C||4||1||1||0||1||1||0||.272|
|Paul Janish, SS||5||1||3||0||0||1||1||.227|
|Tommy Hanson, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.028|
|Chad Durbin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Reed Johnson, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.304|
|Craig Kimbrel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Eric O'Flaherty, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Tyler Pastornicky, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.256|
|Jonny Venters, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Juan Francisco, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.263|
|a-singled for Durbin in the 8th|
|b-struck out for O'Flaherty in the 10th|
|c-singled for Venters in the 11th|
|HR - Chipper Jones (13, Capuano)|
|SH - Michael Bourn (2), Tommy Hanson (7)|
|RBI - Martin Prado (52), Jason Heyward (61), Chipper Jones (54), Juan Francisco (28)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jason Heyward (22), Juan Francisco (12)|
|SB - Michael Bourn (32, 3rd base off League/Treanor), Jason Heyward (17, 2nd base off League/Treanor), Paul Janish (1, 2nd base off Wright/Ellis)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - Martin Prado 1|
|DP - Janish-Uggla-Freeman|
|E - Freddie Freeman (5, Missed catch of throw)|
|Jonny Venters (W,5-3)||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||3.54|
|IBB - Kemp by Eric O'Flaherty|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 100-62, Chad Durbin 15-8, Craig Kimbrel 15-9, Eric O'Flaherty 14-7, Jonny Venters 16-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 8-6, Chad Durbin 1-2, Craig Kimbrel 1-0, Eric O'Flaherty 3-1, Jonny Venters 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 28, Chad Durbin 3, Craig Kimbrel 4, Eric O'Flaherty 5, Jonny Venters 4|
|Attendance - 33093|
|Game Time - 3:36|
|Temperature - 82|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Wally Bell|