Braves score one run in another loss to Dodgers

Hours after the Braves announced a trade with the Cubs, they went out an lost again to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cy Young frontrunner Clayton Kershaw. Adrian Gonzalez drove in Yasiel Puig in the first inning off Atlanta starter Julio Teheran, and Puig made it 2-0 with a third inning home run. That would be all the runs Teheran would give up, but Kershaw was even better. Atlanta scored its only run of the game when Justin Upton drove in brother BJ Upton in the t op of t he ninth inning. Atlanta had nine hits off Kershaw, but converted them into just one run. The Dodgers made the most of their six hits off Teheran. Both starters went the distance as the Dodgers won their sixth straight and eighth in the past ten. Atlanta's third straight loss is the sixth in the past ten games. Atlanta trails Washington by a game and a half in the NL East.

Braves trade for lefty reliever, versatile veteran

The trade wasn't a staggering one, but Atlanta did manage to fill two of their immediate needs with a last-minute trade yesterday with the Cubs. Atlanta will get left handed relief pitcher James Russell and versatile Emilio Bonifacio, who plays centerfield and all infield positions except first base. The Braves gave up minor league catcher/third baseman Victor Caratini, one of the team's top minor league hitting prospects. Russell and Bonifacio will join the Braves in San Diego today, and the team will announce corresponding roster moves later today. Bonifacio will be eligible for free agency after this season, but Russell is signed through the 2015 season.

Dodgers nip Braves 3-2 in ten innings

Atlanta's Alex Wood matched the Dodgers' Zack Greinke for seven innings, each pitcher giving up jus tone run. Wood left after seven with the score tied at 1-1, and Greinke pitched one inning more, but neither was involved in the decision. Jordan Walden gave up the go-ahead run in the eighth on two hits and two walks, but Justin Upton tied the game in the ninth with his 19th home run of the season and third hit of the night. After the Braves went scoreless in the tenth, David Hale came in to pitch for Atlanta. Three hits and a wild pitch later, the Dodgers had a 3-2 win on Matt Kemp's RBI single, his third hit of the night. Julio Teheran will try to avoid a sweep when he takes the mound in tonight's series finale.

Dodgers take series opener with 8-4 win over Braves

Aaron Harang was not at his best last night in Los Angeles, allowing nine hits and four runs in six innings, leaving with the game tied 4-4. Reliever Anthony Varvaro gave the lead back to the Dodgers in a 4-hit, three run seventh inning, though, and Los Angeles took the opener of the 3-game series 8-4 behind a pair of home runs by Matt Kemp. The Braves got enough hits, 12, to do more damage in the run department, but were but 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Tommy LaStella had three hits, Freddie Freeman and Chris Johnson had a pair each, with Freeman driving in a pair of runs with his 15th home run that gave the Braves a 3-2 lead in the third inning.

Another Atlanta pitcher placed on DL

Another Atlanta Braves pitcher is heading to the 15-day disabled list with a sore shoulder. In what has become an all-too-familiar story, rookie Shae Simmons is the latest to come up with the problem. In making the announcement yesterday, a Braves spokesman said the team has recalled Juan Jaime from Triple-A Gwinnett to take Simmons' spot on the roster. Simmons said the shoulder has bothered him for about a month, but he had not told trainers about it until the weekend, when the Braves played the Padres. His statistics would bear this out, however. During his first six weeks in the big leagues after being promoted from Double-A on May 31st, Simmons posted an ERA of 0.96 with 19 strikeouts in 2-0 appearances totaling 18 2/3 innings. In his last six appearances, Simmons had gone 0-2 with a 15.00 ERA. He walked two of the three batters he faced in his last outing Saturday against the Padres.

Gattis, Santana lead Braves past Padres 2-0

Evan Gattis drove in both Atlanta runs with a seventh inning home run and an eighth inning single yesterday at Turner Field, helping Ervin Santana post his tenth win of the season in a 2-0 blanking of the Padres. Gattis broke a scoreless tie when he led off the seventh with his 17th homer of the year. He plated Justin Upton in the eight with his third hit of the game. Santana was brilliant, allowing just five singles in eight innings, with eleven strikeouts and no walks. Aaron Harang will try to join Santana as a ten game winner tonight when he opens a 3-game series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Braves stake Minor to big lead, fourth win

Mike Minor was staked to a 6-1 lead yesterday when his Atlanta teammates sent ten batters to the plate in a 6-run third inning on the way to an 8-3 win over the San Diego Padres at Turner Field. Minor picked up his fourth win of the year against six losses. The lefty gave up eight hits and three earned runs in six and two thirds innings, coming out of the game when his pitch count reached 110. Justin Upton, Chris Johnson and Ryan Doumit each drove in a pair of runs for the Braves, who close out the long weekend series with the Padres with an afternoon game before heading to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers. Ervin Santana goes for win number ten for the Braves.

Wainwright wins 13th as Cards nip Cubs 1-0

Former Atlanta Brave Adam Wainwright continued his bid for another Cy Young Award yesterday, allowing five hits in seven scoreless innings to beat the Cubs in Chicago 1-0. Wainwright lowered his ERA to 1.92 in improving to 13-5 for the season. The Cardinals gave him all the support he would need with Matt Holiday hit a two-out solo home run in the first inning. Newly acquired catcher A.J. Pierzynski had a double in four at-bats for the Cardinals, who are without All-Star catcher Yadier Molina for at least another five weeks.

Kimbrel's wild pitches, Salty's hit downs Braves

Craig Kimbrel is virtually lights-out when the Atlanta closer enters the game with a two or three run lead. But with a one run lead or in a tie game, Kimbrel often has difficulty. Last night was an example. Kimbrel came into the game in the top of the ninth with the game tied at 2-all, and gave up the go-ahead run to the Marlins, aided by a pair of wild pitches and the third hit of the game by former Brave Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Aaron Harang, seeking his tenth win of the season, let a 2-run lead get away when he gave up a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Chris Johnson drove in both Atlanta runs on a second inning home run with Jason Heyward on base following a fielder's choice. Justin Upton had three of the Braves' six hits. Alex Wood will be Atlanta's starting pitcher in tonight's series opener with the Padres.

Once a popular Brave, Francoeur returns to Atlanta tonight with Padres

Former Atlanta Brave Jeff Francoeur, whose big league career has taken a nosedive in the past couple of years, will be back in Atlanta this weekend as a member of the San Diego Padres. Signed to a minor league contract by the Padres earlier in the year, Francoeur hit fifteen home runs before being called up this week. In yesterday's game against the Cubs, Francoeur batted twice after coming into the game as a pinch hitter. He was oh-for-one with a walk. Francoeur was a fan favorite in Atlanta after a brilliant high school baseball and football career at Parkview High School in Lilburn. He turned down a college offer from Clemson after being drafted by the Braves.

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