Bradley upstages LaRoche as Dodgers beat Braves
LOS ANGELES (Ticker) --
came up huge for the
in the top of the eighth inning. But his mental mistake set up
's heroics in the bottom of the frame.
Bradley belted a pair of homers, including his third-career grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning, as the
Los Angeles Dodgers
avoided a three-game losing streak by rallying for a 7-4 victory over the Braves.
Los Angeles starter
carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and did not allow a runner past second base until loading the bases in the eighth. LaRoche ended Weaver's night by drilling a 2-2 pitch into the right-center field seats for his first career grand slam and a 4-2 Atlanta lead.
"When (LaRoche) does that, all that bottled up emotion in the dugout just comes out," said Atlanta starter
, a native of Carson, California. "I was pretty excited but I knew there were still six outs to go. Then Bradley gets his. That eighth inning had some peaks and valleys."
"That's an incredible game," Dodgers manager
said. "It's somewhat bittersweet because of the job our starter did - one pitch away from eight shutout innings."
But with one out and runners on first and second in the bottom of the inning, former Brave J.D. Drew grounded to LaRoche. The first baseman turned as if to throw to second base before racing to first, but he was unable to beat Drew to the bag.
"As much as you want to look at Rochy (LaRoche), you've got to give credit to J.D. for hustling down the line," Braves second baseman
said. "Most guys would Cadillac it in that situation, but J.D. ran it out."
"It was great to put our team ahead, but I was a big part in them getting the grand slam," LaRoche said. "My play allowed the bases to get loaded in the first place. The only thing I did right was not throwing to second base."
Even though Drew beat LaRoche to first base, Braves manager
thought there was enough time to end the inning.
"It was a perfect double play ball," he said. "He was going to go to second and didn't throw the ball. Bradley never should have come up in that situation."
flied out, Bradley - who also belted a solo homer in the third - ripped a shot against reliever
(1-1) that narrowly missed the right field foul pole to give the Dodgers a 6-4 edge. The blast helped Bradley match his career high of five RBI.
"I fouled off the first pitch, got to 3-1 and looked fastball or changeup," Bradley said. "He threw a changeup. I wanted to come through to pick up Weaver and pick up everybody."
After he crossed the plate, Bradley tugged at his uniform, pointing to the team's name at the front of his jersey.
"I've never been prouder to put on the uniform," Bradley said. "I think the fans know I play hard and it that it comes from the heart."
Bradley's home runs came from each side of the plate, the eighth time a Dodger has done that in a game. He joined
as the only players in franchise history to do it more than once.
"My whole life it feels like someone is doubting me," Bradley said. "But the peace and joy I have in my life right now there's nothing anyone can say or any bottle that can be thrown on the field that can upset that."
(4-0) recorded the final out of the eighth and closer
retired the side in order in the ninth to record his 11th save.