Francoeur, Johnson lead 16-hit attack as Braves roll
ATLANTA (Ticker) -- The
' mix of veterans and rookies proved too much for the
Los Angeles Dodgers
combined to go 6-for-7 and drive in three runs and rookies
teamed for a homer, two triples and five RBI as the Braves posted a 10-2 triumph over the Dodgers.
Losers of three of their previous five games, including Tuesday's series opener, the Braves did not treat former teammate
kindly, tagging the lefthander for six runs and 11 hits in four-plus innings. Jones was the first to reach Perez (7-7), delivering an RBI double in the first inning for a 1-0 lead.
Following Francoeur's leadoff triple in the second, Johnson made it 2-0 with a single. Three batters later, Furcal - who went 4-for-4 - plated Johnson with a base hit for a three-run bulge.
got into the act in the fifth, opening the inning with his major league-leading 38th homer.
"It was a fastball that was a little up over the plate,"
said. "I really didn't hit it that well. It carried out of the park."
followed with a single and Francoeur belted his 10th homer, giving Atlanta a 6-0 cushion and ending Perez's evening.
"(I'm) just staying aggressive," said Francoeur, who took a playful pounding in the dugout afterward. "I'll take a home run and a beatdown anytime. That seems all right to me."
"They were putting the ball in play," Perez said. "I made some mistakes and I had to pay for it."
Francoeur's homer tied Milwaukee's
for second among National League rookies, one behind San Francisco's
"Francoeur had another great night," Atlanta manager
said. "A triple and a homer, that was huge. You can't say enough about the kid. It's fun to watch him play. He's got 'winner' written all over his face."
In the top of the fifth, Francoeur displayed his defensive prowess, throwing out Perez at second from right field for his ninth outfield assist.
"They always run on right fielders,"
said. "He's aggressive. I like the way he plays. He's gonna help us a lot."
capped the four-run inning by drawing a bases-loaded walk and Johnson delivered a two-run triple in the eighth for a 9-2 advantage. Since returning from a rotator cuff injury on Thursday,
is 11-for-18 with two homers and nine RBI.
"It's fun when everybody contributes like that," Francoeur said. "It's huge to have Chipper back in the lineup."
, another Braves rookie, completed the scoring and his third career three-hit game with an RBI single.
was the lone Atlanta starting position player without a hit, going 0-for-5.
also went hitless but did his job on the mound, limiting Los Angeles to two runs, seven hits and two walks in eight innings. Hudson (9-7), who had lost two of his previous three starts, struck out three in improving to 4-0 lifetime against the Dodgers.
"I was able to make some pretty good pitches," said Hudson, who improved to 82-4 when receiving at least four runs of support. "We got a good lead early on. When you have a big lead, you stay aggressive."
drove in runs for Los Angeles, which had won four of his previous five.