ATLANTA (Ticker) --
excelled with the bat, glove and his left arm to finally break into the win column.
Hampton fired six scoreless innings and hit a solo homer as the
won the rubber match of a three-game series over the
Los Angeles Dodgers
The lefthander last won on September 17, a span of six straight losses, and was 0-5 for the first time in his career.
Hampton (1-5) allowed nine hits and walked two, getting out of bases loaded, one-out jams in the fifth and sixth innings thanks to stellar defense.
In the fifth, Hampton, a 2003 Gold-Glove winner, snared a low line drive by
off first base to escape the threat.
"I was due to get a bit of good luck and I definitely had it today," Hampton said. "I tried not to think about (the losing streak). It's been a long time. It definitely felt like it."
In the sixth, Hampton's luck continued. After
singled to open the inning,
lined a ball to the gap in left center field, which
tracked down and made a spectacular, diving catch that saved two runs.
made one of his typical plays in center field," Dodgers manager
said. He took runs away from us."
The Braves led 2-0 in the fourth, when Hampton ripped his 13th career homer deep into the left field seats.
belted a two-run homer an inning later to give Atlanta a 5-0 advantage.
"I was looking fastball," Hampton said. "I was able to catch it a little early."
"I don't care about (Hampton's) win,"
joked. "I'm happy that he didn't out homer me today."
The Dodgers pounded out 13 hits, but left 13 on base.
Paul Lo Duca
and Bradley had three hits apiece for Los Angeles, which lost for the ninth time in 10 games.
"When you create that many opportunities for yourself, after some point in time, you hope to break through," Tracy said. "We continued to squander opportunities all day long."
(2-1) lost for just the second time since last year's All-Star break. He gave up five runs, seven hits and three walks while striking out seven in five innings.
The Braves got on the board with an RBI double by
in the second and took a 2-0 lead when Green singled home
in the fourth. Green is 9-for-25 (.360) with four RBI since he was recalled from Class AAA Richmond on May 14.
"My goal is to play as hard as I can and hopefully they put me in there," Green said. "Not many people know what I've been doing. It's a matter of being consistent. That's the name of this game."
The Dodgers scored their only run in the seventh on a bad hop RBI single by
"At this point, it's just nice to get some hits," said Green, who was 2-for-5 after being benched yesterday. "We're in a funk. Hopefully, we can get out of it in the next few days."
The Braves welcomed back leadoff hitter
to the starting lineup for the first time since May 1. He had been relegated to pinch hit duty since then because of a jammed right ring finger.