Taylor drives in 3 as the Dodgers beat the Braves 6-2

LOS ANGELES (AP) Apparently, the Los Angeles Dodgers just needed a little spark to right themselves.

That spark came off the bench Saturday night in the form of Chris Taylor, who drove in three runs with a home run and a triple and helped the Dodgers to a 6-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

''He's a spark,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. ''He's not so much under the radar anymore, but he adds that spark with quality at-bats.

''To come off the bench with a huge homer and then to hit a triple that clears the bases, and give (closer) Kenley (Jansen) another day, that puts us in a good spot.''

Corey Seager and Chase Utley hit solo home runs as the Dodgers snapped a two-game losing streak that saw them outscored 18-6.

Los Angeles has won 32 of 38, and 19 of 22 at Dodger Stadium, for the best record in baseball. The Dodgers' 67-31 mark is their best through 98 games since the Brooklyn Dodgers were 69-29 in 1942.

''Everybody played really well tonight,'' Dodgers starter Rich Hill said. ''We've got such a good clubhouse, and we're a really good, quality team. Just to bounce back tonight was a really good team win by everybody.''

Roberts likes what he's seeing in the Los Angeles clubhouse.

''There's talent. There's focus. There's a little chip on our shoulders. And there's confidence,'' he said. ''These guys are relentless.''

Braves manager Brian Snitker saw the same thing from the Atlanta dugout.

''You never feel comfortable against these guys,'' Snitker said. ''They are so aggressive; they just keep coming at you.''

Taylor, who entered the game as part of a double-switch in the seventh, led off the bottom of the inning by driving an 0-1 pitch from Julio Teheran 400 feet into the left field bleachers, giving the Dodgers a 4-2 lead.

''Sometimes you think you've got an off day, and you've got to realize that in the National League there are no off days,'' Taylor said. ''You can come in at any time. I came up in some good spots and I'm feeling good right now.''

Taylor added a two-run triple off reliever Luke Jackson with two outs in the eighth for the final margin.

Hill (7-4) struck out eight as he held the Braves to two runs and six hits over 6 1/3 innings, winning his third decision over his last four starts.

''Yeah, I wasn't as efficient as I'd like but I've been dealing with some stuff, trying to get healthy, there's some respiratory stuff going around,'' said Hill, his voice hoarse.

Seager put Los Angeles ahead 1-0 in the first by crushing a 93 mph, 3-2 fastball from Teheran (7-8) 10 rows into the centerfield bleachers with one out in the first. The blast, Seager's 16th of the season, was measured at 433 feet.

Utley made it 2-0 by leading off the third with his sixth home run.

The game turned the Dodgers' way with two outs in the sixth. The score was tied 2-2 with Yasmani Grandal on third when Yasiel Puig hit a soft roller down the third base line.

Grandal broke for home, Teheran came off the mound to field the ball and, making the only play he could, threw from foul territory to catcher Tyler Flowers ahead of Grandal.

However, as Grandal approached the plate, he put his fists to his chin, bracing for a collision, and, as Flowers tagged him on his forearms, jarred the ball loose, giving the Dodgers a 3-2 lead.

''It was just like it looks,'' Flowers said. ''Hit the glove, ball flies out. That's just baseball. (I) catch it, he is right there, (he) hit it. I looked at it. There is nothing I can tell you I would do differently tomorrow. It was a quick play. I didn't have time to go to two hands.''

The Braves had tied the game 2-2 on Matt Kemp's RBI single with two outs in the fifth. One batter earlier, Freddie Freeman drove in Atlanta's first run with a groundout.

Kemp, Atlanta's left fielder, made the defensive play of the game to end the bottom of the fourth. The former Dodger robbed Grandal of an extra-base hit with a back-handed, head-first diving catch of a ball slicing away from him just inside the left field line.

With a single in the first inning, Nick Markakis of the Braves moved within 10 hits of 2,000.

The Dodgers' longest losing streak this year is three games, which they have reached three times.

TAKING NOTHING FOR GRANTED

After back-to-back losses and being outscored 18-6 after a stretch of 31 wins in 35 games, the team with the best record in baseball held a pre-game team meeting on Saturday. Roberts said the message was ''continue to stay the course, and not be results-driven, and just competing and having good at-bats. We'll score runs.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: 2B Brandon Phillips, who left Thursday night's game with tightness in his right hamstring, was kept out of the starting lineup for the second straight night as a precautionary measure, Snitker said, adding he expected Phillips to be available on Sunday.

Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner was kept out of the Dodgers' starting lineup with a chest cold, but was available off the bench, according to Roberts. ... Roberts said RHP Brandon McCarthy would be the Dodgers' starter Tuesday night against Minnesota, with Kenta Maeda ready to go if McCarthy's blister acts up. McCarthy will throw a bullpen session Sunday.

UP NEXT

Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (1-5, 4.86 ERA) makes his sixth career start for the Braves in the finale of this four-game series. Newcomb has lost his last three starts, giving up five runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings against the Cubs in his most recent.

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (15-2, 2.07 ERA) carries a 14-start unbeaten streak into Sunday, going 11-0 with a 1.84 ERA since May 6. Kershaw has held opposing hitters to a .193 average, striking out 122 against 20 walks during the stretch.

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  • W: R. Hill (7-4)L: J. Teheran (7-8)
  • HR: LAD - C. Utley (6), C. Seager (16), C. Taylor (12)
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F. Freeman 1B30010111.330.430.6961.1261.5
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T. Flowers C40100020.296.386.449.8350.0
N. Markakis RF30100102.280.359.388.7472.0
S. Rodriguez 3B40100011.077.333.077.4100.5
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  • a-flied out for Jackson in the 9th
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C. Utley 2B51111001.225.322.397.7196.0
C. Seager SS41111020.297.392.515.9075.0
C. Bellinger 1B40100000.269.351.612.9631.0
Y. Grandal C41200001.273.322.486.8083.0
L. Forsythe 3B40100021.239.363.328.6920.0
J. Pederson CF30100002.240.351.449.8001.0
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B. Morrow P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
R. Hill P20000003.087.120.087.2070.0
C. Taylor LF21231000.310.382.538.92011.0
  • a-singled for Pederson in the 8th
  • b-singled for Baez in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Camargo 2 (15)
  • RBI - F. Freeman (39), M. Kemp (46)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Kemp (20)
BATTING
  • 3B - C. Taylor (3)
  • HR - C. Utley (6), C. Seager (16), C. Taylor (12)
  • RBI - C. Utley (24), C. Seager (50), Y. Puig (49), C. Taylor 3 (43)
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Puig (19), C. Taylor 2 (16)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - Y. Puig (11)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Flowers (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran (L, 7-8)6.19441634.751.402.0
S. Freeman1.01000103.781.532.5
L. Jackson0.23220003.771.26-5.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran (L, 7-8)6.1
S. Freeman1.0
L. Jackson0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Hill (W, 7-4)6.16222803.481.2222.0
P. Baez (H, 14)1.20000101.541.203.5
B. Morrow1.00000101.930.753.5
PITCHERSIP
R. Hill (W, 7-4)6.1
P. Baez (H, 14)1.2
B. Morrow1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 94-61, S. Freeman 14-11, L. Jackson 17-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 6-6, S. Freeman 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 28, S. Freeman 4, L. Jackson 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - R. Hill (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Hill 98-63, P. Baez 18-13, B. Morrow 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Hill 6-5, P. Baez 3-1
  • Batters Faced - R. Hill 28, P. Baez 5, B. Morrow 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Camargo 2B41200010.324.345.485.8304.5
F. Freeman 1B30010111.330.430.6961.1261.5
M. Kemp LF40110012.295.341.477.8181.5
T. Flowers C40100020.296.386.449.8350.0
N. Markakis RF30100102.280.359.388.7472.0
S. Rodriguez 3B40100011.077.333.077.4100.5
D. Swanson SS40000023.210.286.307.593-1.0
J. Teheran P21000010.147.189.147.3361.5
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  • a-flied out for Jackson in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Utley 2B51111001.225.322.397.7196.0
C. Seager SS41111020.297.392.515.9075.0
C. Bellinger 1B40100000.269.351.612.9631.0
Y. Grandal C41200001.273.322.486.8083.0
L. Forsythe 3B40100021.239.363.328.6920.0
J. Pederson CF30100002.240.351.449.8001.0
a- E. Hernandez PH-CF11100000.225.320.485.8052.0
Y. Puig RF30210101.250.326.458.7846.0
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  • a-singled for Pederson in the 8th
  • b-singled for Baez in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Camargo 2 (15)
  • RBI - F. Freeman (39), M. Kemp (46)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Kemp (20)
BATTING
  • 3B - C. Taylor (3)
  • HR - C. Utley (6), C. Seager (16), C. Taylor (12)
  • RBI - C. Utley (24), C. Seager (50), Y. Puig (49), C. Taylor 3 (43)
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Puig (19), C. Taylor 2 (16)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - Y. Puig (11)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Flowers (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran (L, 7-8)6.19441634.751.402.0
S. Freeman1.01000103.781.532.5
L. Jackson0.23220003.771.26-5.0
Total8.01366173---
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran (L, 7-8)6.1
S. Freeman1.0
L. Jackson0.2
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Hill (W, 7-4)6.16222803.481.2222.0
P. Baez (H, 14)1.20000101.541.203.5
B. Morrow1.00000101.930.753.5
Total9.06222100---
PITCHERSIP
R. Hill (W, 7-4)6.1
P. Baez (H, 14)1.2
B. Morrow1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 94-61, S. Freeman 14-11, L. Jackson 17-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 6-6, S. Freeman 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 28, S. Freeman 4, L. Jackson 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - R. Hill (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Hill 98-63, P. Baez 18-13, B. Morrow 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Hill 6-5, P. Baez 3-1
  • Batters Faced - R. Hill 28, P. Baez 5, B. Morrow 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Taylor tripled to deep right center, Hernandez and Barnes scored26
  • 7TH INNING
    Taylor homered to center24
  • 6TH INNING
    Puig reached on an infield single to shortstop, Grandal scored, Puig to second on catcher Flowers fielding error23
  • 5TH INNING
    Kemp singled to left, Camargo scored22
    Freeman grounded out to second, Teheran scored, Camargo to third12
  • 3RD INNING
    Utley homered to right02
  • 1ST INNING
    Seager homered to right center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Brandon Morrow pitching
    • S. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Swanson popped out to shortstop
    • Matt Adams hit for Luke Jackson
    • M. Adams: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Adams flied out to left
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • P. Baez Pitching:
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • T. Flowers: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Flowers grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Markakis grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Freeman Pitching:
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Forsythe grounded out to shortstop
    • Enrique Hernandez hit for Joc Pederson
    • Luke Jackson relieved Sam Freeman
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Hernandez singled to left center
    • Y. Puig: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Puig popped out to first
    • Austin Barnes hit for Pedro Baez
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Barnes singled to left center, Hernandez to second
    • C. Taylor: Taylor tripled to deep right center, Hernandez and Barnes scored
    • C. Utley: Ball, Strike swinging, Utley lined out to left
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • R. Hill Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Inciarte grounded out to pitcher
    • Chris Taylor in left
    • Pedro Baez pitching
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Camargo flied out to left
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Freeman grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Foul, Taylor homered to center
    • C. Utley: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Utley grounded out to second
    • Sam Freeman relieved Julio Teheran
    • C. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Seager struck out looking
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bellinger singled to right center
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Foul, Grandal reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Bellinger out at second
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • R. Hill Pitching:
    • S. Rodriguez: Ball, Rodriguez flied out to center
    • D. Swanson: Swanson grounded bunt out to catcher
    • J. Teheran: Ball, Strike looking, Teheran flied out to right
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Grandal reached on an infield single to third
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Forsythe singled to left, Grandal to second
    • J. Pederson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Pederson grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Grandal to third, Forsythe out at second
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Puig reached on an infield single to shortstop, Grandal scored, Puig to second on catcher Flowers fielding error
    • T. Thompson: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Puig stole third, Strike swinging, Thompson struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • R. Hill Pitching:
    • J. Teheran: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Teheran hit by pitch
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Inciarte flied out to right
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Ball, Camargo doubled to left center, Teheran to third
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Foul, Freeman grounded out to second, Teheran scored, Camargo to third
    • M. Kemp: Kemp singled to left, Camargo scored
    • T. Flowers: Flowers singled to left, Kemp to second
    • N. Markakis: Markakis lined out to center
    • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • C. Utley: Ball, Utley flied out to center
    • C. Seager: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Seager flied out to center
    • C. Bellinger: Bellinger flied out to center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • R. Hill Pitching:
    • T. Flowers: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Flowers struck out looking
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Markakis walked
    • S. Rodriguez: Foul, Foul, Rodriguez flied out to center
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Swanson struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Forsythe struck out on foul tip
    • J. Pederson: Pederson singled to right
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Puig walked, Pederson to second
    • T. Thompson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Thompson struck out looking
    • R. Hill: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Hill grounded out to third
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • R. Hill Pitching:
    • J. Teheran: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Teheran struck out swinging
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Foul, Ball, Inciarte grounded out to first
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Foul, Camargo doubled to deep left
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Kemp reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Freeman out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • C. Utley: Strike looking, Utley homered to right
    • C. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
    • C. Bellinger: Bellinger grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Grandal flied out to left
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • R. Hill Pitching:
    • M. Kemp: Foul, Kemp grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Flowers struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Markakis singled to center
    • S. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Rodriguez singled to right, Markakis to second
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Strike looking, Pederson grounded out to pitcher
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Puig singled to left
    • T. Thompson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Thompson struck out swinging
    • R. Hill: Pickoff attempt, Hill grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • R. Hill Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Inciarte struck out looking
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • C. Utley: Ball, Strike looking, Utley flied out to deep center
    • C. Seager: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Seager homered to right center
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Bellinger lined out to shortstop
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Strike looking, Grandal singled to right center
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)