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Updated: Wednesday, August 17, 2005 12:32 AM EDT



  R H E  
Dodgers 6 12 2 WP: Carrara (7-4)
LP: Reitsma (3-4)
S: Sanchez (1)  
Braves 4 6 1
Dodgers score three in ninth to beat Braves

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Chris Reitsma is not giving the Atlanta Braves 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.

Marcus Giles broke a seventh-inning tie with an RBI single against Dodgers starter Derek Lowe and Kyle Farnsworth pitched a scoreless eighth as the Braves handed Reitsma a 4-3 lead.

But Jayson Werth , who hit a clutch two-run homer in Los Angeles' 2-1 win over Pedro Martinez and the 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 Ricky Ledee before Olmedo Saenz delivered a two-run single to left field to put the Dodgers ahead, 5-4. John Foster came on and yielded a run-scoring hit to Oscar Robles before former closer Dan Kolb 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 Bobby Cox said. "Anytime you lose a game like this, it's a little tough."

Duaner Sanchez , who was named Los Angeles' closer last week in place of the struggling Yhency Brazoban , retired the side in order for his first career save.

Chipper Jones , rookie Brian McCann and Rafael Furcal 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 Mickey Mantle for the most by a player at the beginning of his career under one manager. Mantle hit 320 while playing for Casey Stengel .

The Dodgers rallied to tie it against Smoltz in the third when Jeff Kent delivered an RBI single and scored one batter later on rookie right fielder Jeff Francoeur '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."

Giovanni Carrara (7-4) pitched a perfect eighth for the win.

Cesar Izturis 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.

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