LOS ANGELES (Ticker) --
showed his worst start of the season was a mere bump in the road.
Wright worked seven strong innings and
' three-run homer capped an eight-run second inning as the
coasted to a 10-1 victory over the
Los Angeles Dodgers
Five days ago, Wright recorded just two outs and was ripped for five runs in an 11-6 loss at San Diego, his first defeat since May 22.
But Wright (12-6) recaptured his winning form in this one as he gave up one run and three hits. The righthander struck out seven without a walk in winning for the 10th time in his last 11 decisions.
"Any time you get knocked out in the first inning of a game, you don't want it to snowball," Wright said. "You want to get right back on track. That's what I did today."
"What a turnaround from the last time Jaret pitched," Atlanta manager
said. "He's pitched this way all year. The outing in San Diego was just one of those games a pitcher has."
Wright recorded his first career victory against the Dodgers after going 0-3 with a 11.37 ERA in five previous outings.
Jones' 22nd homer highlighted the huge inning for the Braves that also featured J.D. Drew's two-run double. Atlanta had eight hits and sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning.
all had three hits for Atlanta, which gained a split of the four-game series.
"We'll take it," Cox said. "We won the series in Sand Diego, we split this one. That's OK. They're a couple of good ballclubs."
"I felt comfortable up there all day," said Drew, who was 4-for-22 in his last six games. "It was nice to get out here and keep pushing."
(7-4) recorded only four outs and was tagged for seven runs and eight hits. The veteran lefthander fell to 0-4 with an 11.57 ERA in five career appearances against Atlanta.
"We put some good swings on him," Drew said. "Maybe he was elevating the ball a little. He's had a great year. We were just lucky to catch him on an off day."
"I was a disappointed," Alvarez said. "I needed a good game against those guys. I tried, but it didn't work today. I let our guys down."
After Alvarez struggled, Dodgers manager
went to Dessens, who surrendered Jones' homer on his fourth pitch.
"It's not good to bring those guys in from the bullpen so early," Alvarez said. "I've got to do a better job next time."
The Dodgers' only run came in the fifth inning on consecutive singles by
"In some ways it's better to lose like this," Green said. "This whole homestand had a playoff like atmosphere."
Dodgers batting coach
was ejected in the fifth inning for arguing balls and strikes.