Watching a big lead slip away really hurts to watch.
Atlanta's offense struck early against Chad Billingsley in the second inning. Michael Bourn delivered an RBI single with two outs, then another run scored when Martin Prado reached on Dee Gordon's error and Brian McCann capped the scoring with a run-scoring single. Two more scored in the third inning: Jason Heyward drove in a run with a groundout and Alex Gonzalez followed with an RBI double.
Brandon Beachy had a comfortable 5-0 lead after three innings and had faced the minimum, but Juan Rivera spoiled the shutout with a two-run single in the fourth. Rivera drove in another run with a single in the fifth. Beachy tossed six innings and struck out seven, leaving the game leading 5-3.
Entering the seventh, the Braves chances were good of securing the win with their bullpen. Arodys Vizcaino struck out the first batter he faced, but everything went south in a hurry. Three straight singles loaded the bases before James Loney unloaded them with a double. Two walks later, Vizcaino was pulled for Cristhian Martinez and he promptly gave up a two-run double to Andre Ethier to give the Dodgers an 8-5 lead.
The Braves had at least one hit in every inning, but three double plays kept the damage minimal, the third of which the Braves got hosed on. Freddie Freeman lined out to second with two on in the seventh then Dan Uggla was doubled off second, but replays clearly showed he was safe.
Minor vs. Eovaldi tomorrow.