Homers by Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones lift Braves over Dodgers
LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- When
homer in the same game, it usually means the
hammered a game-tying, two-run homer in the sixth inning and
delivered the go-ahead shot in the seventh as the Braves posted a 5-2 triumph over the
Los Angeles Dodgers
Atlanta improved to 37-6 when both players homer in the same game. Both homered in Saturday's 5-1 victory.
"When both of them homer you are going to score a lot of runs," Atlanta manager
said. "They won't always be solo homers either. It's good when both of them are hitting the ball."
With a runner on and Atlanta trailing 2-0 in the sixth,
blasted the first pitch of his at-bat against Los Angeles starter
into the right-center field stands.
"I'm just looking for an opportunity to provide a spark,"
said. "I got a hold of a hanging slider."
In the seventh,
belted his fourth homer in as many games on a 3-2 offering from
(1-1) to give the Braves a 3-2 advantage.
"I'm seeing the ball pretty good,"
said. "When I get a pitch to hit, I try not to miss it. That's what I did today."
(4-2) allowed just two runs - one earned - and struck out five to rebound from a performance Monday at Coors Field in which he allowed seven runs in 3 2/3 innings.
"It was definitely a battle," Hudson said. "I try to get through it and give the team a good chance to win. I just made big pitches when I needed to today."
Erickson continued to pitch well at Dodger Stadium. The 37-year-old righthander yielded two runs in six innings and is 1-2 with a 3.47 ERA at home this year. However, he is 0-1 with an 11.85 ERA in three road starts.
"I felt good today," Erickson said. "I felt like I could have gone back out there. I kept the ball down and mixed it up well."
"You can't ask anything more than what Erickson gave us today," Dodgers manager
The Braves added two insurance runs in the ninth when
led off the inning with a home run to right against reliever
followed with a double and later scored on a sacrifice fly by
The Dodgers offense came primarily from the sixth and seventh spots in the lineup.
and Hee-Seop Choi were a combined 4-for-6 with a run and both of the Dodgers RBI. But as a team, the Dodgers left 10 runners on.
"We left a lot of people on base today," Tracy said. "Some base hit somewhere along the line with the start we got from Erickson would have changed the game."
"We hit the ball right at them," Dodgers right fielder J.D. Drew said. "We have to hit it where they ain't and we are not doing that right now."