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Rookie sensation Puig homers again as Dodgers edge Braves

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers earned their first walk-off victory of the season, and once again rookie Yasiel Puig had a hand in things.

Pinch-runner Skip Schumaker scored on the second wild pitch by Anthony Varvaro in the 10th inning of a 2-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.

"I was hoping for a long fly ball so I could cruise in," Schumaker said. "You're ready for anything there."

Ramon Hernandez started the rally with a one-out single, took second on the first wild pitch and advanced to third on a single by Luis Cruz.

Varvaro (3-1) then bounced another wild pitch to Juan Uribe, allowing Schumaker, who was running for Hernandez, to score. Puig was on-deck, but he wasn't needed after his fourth homer in five career games tied it up in the sixth.

"I was just trying to get some balls below the zone to get a ground ball there, and it just skipped the wrong way," Varvaro said. "I'd rather it leave the yard, I guess. That's just how it happens sometimes."

Brandon League (2-2) got the win in relief.

The Dodgers have won four of five since Puig, a 22-year-old Cuban defector, was called up on Monday from the minors. It was their second straight win over the NL East-leading Braves, who lost for the first time in six games on Thursday.

With a runner on second in the 10th, Justin Upton hit a dribbler in front of the plate that catcher Hernandez fielded and fired to first base. Umpire CB Bucknor called Upton out to end the inning, although the replay clearly showed he had beaten the throw. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez came out to argue to no avail.

"I didn't think it was as close as he thought it was," Gonzalez said. "We would have liked to get an opportunity with [Freddie] Freeman at the plate -- first and third and your hottest hitter up. But it didn't happen."

Freeman was 3 for 4, and has hit safely in 12 of his last 15 games.

The Dodgers had the potential go-ahead run on third with two outs in the eighth when reliever Jordan Walden intentionally walked Puig, the first time this week a team didn't want to pitch to the rookie. Mark Ellis flied out to end the inning.

Puig tied the game 1-all with his fourth homer and 10th RBI of the week with two outs in the sixth. He sent an 0-1 pitch from Paul Maholm into the left field pavilion.

Puig was hitless in his first two at-bats.

"On the home run, to be honest, I missed by about three feet. I wasn't even trying to throw anywhere close to the zone," Maholm said. "But I hung one and he's hot. He's a free swinger, so you've just got to make your pitches."

Schumaker said, "There's a different energy from the Cuban. He's just been amazing for us and it feels like something is going to happen every time he comes up."

Puig tied the record for most RBIs through five career games, shared by Danny Espinosa (2010) and Jack Merson (1951), according to information provided to the Dodgers by Elias Sports Bureau.

"I try to prepare myself with the coaches and it's just happening," Puig said through a translator. "As long as the team is pulling together, I'm happy to be a part of it."

The Braves led 1-0 on Dan Uggla's RBI single with two outs in the fourth.

Hyun-Jin Ryu returned to the mound after missing his last start for the Dodgers. He bruised his left foot on May 28 against the Angels, when he tossed the first shutout of his career in a 3-0 victory. The left-hander allowed one run and six hits in 7 2-3 innings, struck out six and walked one.

Maholm gave up one run and four hits in 7 1-3 innings, struck out three and walked two.

Notes

  • Puig is the second player since 1900 to hit four homers in his first five games, joining Mike Jacobs of the New York Mets in 2005, according to Elias.
  • Dodgers INF Hanley Ramirez was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game on Friday because of tightness in his left hamstring, but he pinch hit in the ninth. "For me it's a concern because it's two days," manager Don Mattingly said. The same hamstring landed Ramirez on the DL earlier this season.
  • Dodgers LHP Ted Lilly is in doubt to start Sunday's series finale. He was bothered last time out by a chronic neck issue and Mattingly said if Lilly can't make his start, a minor leaguer would be called up.
  • Braves RHP Brandon Beachy will make his fourth injury rehab start on Saturday for Triple-A Gwinnett.
 
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Los Angeles Dodgers rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig homers for the fourth time in his five career games. (USATSI)
Los Angeles Dodgers rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig homers for the fourth time in his five career games. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

Y. Puig
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Atlanta

F. Freeman
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andrelton Simmons, SS5010000 .253
Jason Heyward, RF5010021 .186
Justin Upton, LF5010012 .252
Freddie Freeman, 1B4130000 .314
Evan Gattis, C4000005 .263
Chris Johnson, 3B3000001 .327
    Ramiro Pena, 3B1000010 .314
Dan Uggla, 2B3011110 .183
B.J. Upton, CF4010012 .155
Paul Maholm, P3000022 .138
    Jordan Walden, P0000000 .000
    Luis Avilan, P0000000 .000
   a- Brian McCann, PH1000000 .265
    Anthony Varvaro, P0000000 .000
Totals3818118  
a-flied out for Avilan in the 10th
Batting
2B - Jason Heyward (6, League), Freddie Freeman (11, Ryu)
RBI - Dan Uggla (22)
2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla (8)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Freeman-Simmons-Maholm, Simmons-Uggla-Freeman, Simmons-Uggla-Freeman
PB - Evan Gattis (2)
E - Chris Johnson (3, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Paul Maholm 7.1411231 3.46
Jordan Walden 0.2000100 3.57
Luis Avilan 1000010 2.22
Anthony Varvaro (L,3-1) 0.1211000 2.48
IBB - Puig by Jordan Walden
WP - Anthony Varvaro 2 (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 83-53, Jordan Walden 15-6, Luis Avilan 11-6, Anthony Varvaro 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 14-3, Jordan Walden 1-1
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 26, Jordan Walden 3, Luis Avilan 3, Anthony Varvaro 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Yasiel Puig, RF3111100 .421
Mark Ellis, 2B4000012 .260
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4000021 .320
Scott Van Slyke, LF3000110 .246
Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B2010101 .261
    Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
   a- Hanley Ramirez, PH1000000 .316
    Brandon League, P0000000 .000
Andre Ethier, CF4010002 .232
Ramon Hernandez, C4020002 .214
    Skip Schumaker, PR0100000 .263
Luis Cruz, SS3010000 .140
Hyun-Jin Ryu, P2000000 .231
    Paco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    Juan Uribe, 3B1000001 .276
Totals3126134  
a-flied out for Jansen in the 9th
Batting
HR - Yasiel Puig (4, Maholm)
SH - Luis Cruz (2)
RBI - Yasiel Puig (10)
2-OUT RBI - Yasiel Puig (3)
Team LOB - 5
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hyun-Jin Ryu 7.2611160 2.72
Paco Rodriguez0100000 3.98
Kenley Jansen 1.1000020 2.61
Brandon League (W,2-2) 1100000 4.63
Pitches-Strikes - Hyun-Jin Ryu 112-75, Paco Rodriguez 3-3, Kenley Jansen 22-14, Brandon League 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hyun-Jin Ryu 11-6, Brandon League 2-1
Batters Faced - Hyun-Jin Ryu 30, Paco Rodriguez 1, Kenley Jansen 4, Brandon League 4
Game Information
Attendance - 47164
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - D.J. Reyburn, Third Base - Todd Tichenor