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Dodgers beat Braves 3-2 for 5th straight win

By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
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LOS ANGELES (AP) Matt Kemp has suddenly found his power, and it's helping keep the Los Angeles Dodgers atop the NL West.

Kemp singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning after homering in consecutive games for the first time in over a year and the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 Wednesday night for their season-best fifth straight victory.

''Boy, is he locked in right now,'' Atlanta starter Alex Wood said.

Los Angeles leads San Francisco by three games.

Zack Greinke struck out a season-high 13 and departed with the lead, but didn't factor in the decision. He is 14-3 at Dodger Stadium with a 2.27 ERA in 23 home starts with the team.

''All the pitches were working,'' he said. ''A lot of stuff came together.''

Kemp scored the Dodgers' first two runs of the game, including his 11th homer leading off the second.

''He's been swinging the bat pretty well now,'' Greinke said of Kemp. ''The biggest difference is the power that comes with it. The past week the ball's been driven. It's pretty exciting to see.''

Kemp notched his ninth career walk-off hit, and first since July 18, 2012, against Philadelphia. He hadn't homered in consecutive games since last July.

''It's a great feeling knowing you helped the team win a game,'' he said. ''We're pretty confident every day. It feels good to be in position to score a run or take that extra base. I'm not as fast as I want to be, but it's coming.''

Pinch-hitter Justin Turner singled to open the 10th and took second on a wild pitch by David Hale (3-3). Kemp followed with the winning single to left.

J.P. Howell (3-3) got the win in relief, walking two and striking out one in one inning.

The Braves tied the game 2-2 on Justin Upton's home run off closer Kenley Jansen leading off the ninth. Upton's three hits tied a season high.

''As soon as it left my hand I just prayed for Justin not to hit it,'' Jansen said.

Upton's brother, B.J., struck out four times.

Juan Uribe gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead in the eighth on a hard-hit single with two outs to shortstop Andrelton Simmons, whose throw home sailed wide as Kemp crossed the plate.

Greinke allowed one run and five hits in eight innings while walking one. He was making his first start at home since June 28.

Kemp, who homered twice on Tuesday night, tied the game 1-1 on his 11th homer of the season.

Simmons had an RBI single that gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead in the second.

Wood gave up one run and six hits in seven innings. He struck out eight and walked two.

''Greinke's pretty impressive,'' Wood said. ''I was happy I was able to go toe-to-toe with him for seven innings.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: Outfielder Jason Heyward was out of the lineup for the second straight day with a sore back he strained last week chasing a foul ball. Jordan Schafer started in right field for the first time this season. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said it's likely he'll give Heyward an extra day off once he says he's ready to go again.

Dodgers: Greinke said his calf was sore in the first couple of innings but got better as the game went on. Hyun-Jin Ryu will get an extra day of rest before he starts on Saturday. Dan Haren, who has lost all four of his starts this month, will take the mound for Friday's series opener against the Cubs.

ON DECK:

Braves: Julio Teheran (10-6, 2.71 ERA) takes the mound for the series finale on Thursday. The only time the right-hander has faced the Dodgers was in last year's NL division series, when he tossed 2 2-3 innings in a loss.

Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw (12-2, 1.76 ERA) is coming off a three-hit shutout victory over the Giants in his last start. The left-hander leads the NL with 11.30 strikeouts per nine innings as a starter. He has 140 strikeouts and 15 walks in 112 1-3 innings.

GREAT GRAB

Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez made a leaping one-handed grab on a liner by Freddie Freeman for the final out of the eighth inning.

MIXED BAG

Gonzalez was 1-1 on challenges. He lost on a pickoff play with the go-ahead run on base in the 10th. Schafer walked and was sacrificed to second by Ramiro Pena. Howell turned and fired, with Dee Gordon completing the pickoff to empty the bases. Gordon was involved in the Braves' first challenge in the third. He attempted to steal second and was called safe, but was ruled out when the call was overturned.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Kemp
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Atlanta

J. Upton
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
B.J. Upton, CF4000140.215.282.333
Tommy La Stella, 2B4010111.295.372.365
Freddie Freeman, 1B4000012.282.372.477
Justin Upton, LF4131000.287.354.511
Evan Gattis, C4110023.287.345.546
Chris Johnson, 3B4000012.275.298.386
   David Hale, P0000000.067.063.067
Andrelton Simmons, SS4011000.256.303.350
Jordan Schafer, RF3000121.163.256.213
Alex Wood, P2000020.045.125.045
   a-Phil Gosselin, PH1000010.143.143.143
   Jordan Walden, P0000000.000.000.000
   Ramiro Pena, 3B0000000.206.270.324
Totals34262314    
a-struck out for Wood in the 8th
Batting
2B - Justin Upton (25, Greinke), Evan Gattis (12, Greinke)
HR - Justin Upton (19, Jansen)
SH - Ramiro Pena (3)
RBI - Justin Upton (62), Andrelton Simmons (36)
2-OUT RBI - Andrelton Simmons (11)
SB - B.J. Upton (18, 2nd base off Howell/Ellis)
PK - Jordan Schafer (1, Howell)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - La Stella-Simmons-Freeman
E - Tommy La Stella (3, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alex Wood 7611281 3.30
Jordan Walden 1211230 2.48
David Hale (L,3-3) 1311000 2.76
WP - David Hale (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Alex Wood 114-68, Jordan Walden 30-18, David Hale 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Wood 7-6, David Hale 2-0
Batters Faced - Alex Wood 29, Jordan Walden 7, David Hale 5
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Dee Gordon, 2B5020010.294.344.400
Yasiel Puig, CF4010103.316.402.541
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5000035.262.324.443
Hanley Ramirez, SS3000121.275.370.456
   Kenley Jansen, P0000000.000.000.000
   J.P. Howell, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Justin Turner, PH1110000.301.363.428
Matt Kemp, RF4232101.288.353.465
Scott Van Slyke, LF3000001.257.378.514
   b-Carl Crawford, PH-LF1010000.247.286.363
Juan Uribe, 3B4021011.307.336.429
A.J. Ellis, C3010122.201.346.248
Zack Greinke, P2000010.146.205.244
   c-Andre Ethier, PH1000013.247.313.373
   Miguel Rojas, SS0000000.205.267.265
Totals363113411    
a-singled for Howell in the 10th
b-singled for Van Slyke in the 8th
c-struck out for Greinke in the 8th
Batting
HR - Matt Kemp (11, Wood)
SH - Zack Greinke (3)
RBI - Matt Kemp 2 (46), Juan Uribe (31)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Uribe (15)
SB - Dee Gordon (48, 2nd base off Wood/Gattis), Carl Crawford (13, 3rd base off Walden/Gattis)
CS - Dee Gordon (11, 2nd base by Wood/Gattis)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Yasiel Puig (2, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Greinke 85111130 2.65
Kenley Jansen (BS,4) 1111001 3.27
J.P. Howell (W,3-3) 1000210 1.21
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 110-83, Kenley Jansen 17-13, J.P. Howell 17-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 9-2, Kenley Jansen 1-2, J.P. Howell 1-0
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 30, Kenley Jansen 4, J.P. Howell 4
Game Information
Attendance - 47386
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Mike Estabrook