Dodgers score three in ninth to beat Braves
ATLANTA (Ticker) --
is not giving the
any confidence with a late lead.
Reitsma blew his third straight save opportunity, allowing three runs without recording an out in the ninth inning as the
Los Angeles Dodgers
rallied for a 6-4 victory over the Braves.
broke a seventh-inning tie with an RBI single against Dodgers starter
pitched a scoreless eighth as the Braves handed Reitsma a 4-3 lead.
, who hit a clutch two-run homer in Los Angeles' 2-1 win over
New York Mets
on Sunday, opened the ninth with a double - his third hit of the game - into the right-center field gap and Hee-Seop Choi followed with a single to put runners on the corners.
"Hopefully, things are starting to look better," said Werth, who was activated from the disabled list Thursday. "I'm definitely feeling better up there."
Reitsma (3-4) then walked pinch hitter
delivered a two-run single to left field to put the Dodgers ahead, 5-4.
came on and yielded a run-scoring hit to
before former closer
got the final three outs without any further damage.
"I was just trying to be aggressive," Saenz said. "If I got something in the strike zone, I wanted to be aggressive and hit it hard. I was not really trying to do anything else."
After allowing just two runs in 15 1/3 innings in July, Reitsma has been hammered for seven in just 4 1/3 in six appearances in August.
"My breaking ball wasn't there," Reitsma said. "My changeup location wasn't there. When you're going up there with the heater, you've got to be perfect. I take full responsibility."
"He's not getting the pitches where he wants," Braves manager
said. "Anytime you lose a game like this, it's a little tough."
, who was named Los Angeles' closer last week in place of the struggling
, retired the side in order for his first career save.
each hit a solo homer off Lowe as the Braves built a 3-1 lead through two innings.
"It was discouraging," Lowe said of the homers. "At least they were solos. I don't think any one of them hit a ball in the air the rest of the game."
Lowe allowed four runs - three earned - and six hits with three walks in seven innings, striking out five.
Jones' homer was the 321st of his career, all under Cox, passing
for the most by a player at the beginning of his career under one manager. Mantle hit 320 while playing for
The Dodgers rallied to tie it against Smoltz in the third when
delivered an RBI single and scored one batter later on rookie right fielder
's throwing error.
Smoltz allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings. The righthander struck out six, moving him into 25th on the all-time list with 2,534.
"It's something special," said Smoltz, who spent the last three-plus seasons as Atlanta's closer and all of 2000 on the disabled list. "To be in the top-25 is pretty cool. Basically, (I had) four years of not basically striking out anyone. It's a nice accomplishment."
(7-4) pitched a perfect eighth for the win.
and Robles had two hits apiece for the Dodgers, who have won four of their last five games.
"We beat two very good pitchers, future Hall of Famers," Saenz said. "It's pretty good to get a win against these two guys first Pedro and then Smoltz."
Atlanta fell to 4-3 on their season-high 12 game homestand.