4-run 8th gives Braves a series sweep over Los Angeles

Scott Cunningham

For the second straight game, Atlanta's bats were kept quiet through seven-plus innings, but as they did on Saturday, Atlanta broke through in the eighth inning to emerge with a 5-2 win and its first series sweep over the Dodgers since 2008.

Down 2-1, Freddie Freeman singled and Brian McCann walked to put runners on first and second against reliever Kenley Jansen. B.J. Upton came in to pinch run for McCann, and the Dodgers brought in Brandon League to face Andrelton Simmons. Simmons' sacrifice bunt attempt was misplayed by Juan Uribe, allowing him to reach an load the bases for pinch hitter Gerald Laird. Laird singled to right, scoring Freeman and tying the game at two. A sacrifice fly by Ramiro Pena, a single from Chris Johnson and a sacrifice bunt from Jordan Schafer made it a 5-2 game in favor of Atlanta.

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel worked around a walk to strikeout the side and record his 14th save of the season. Luis Avilan threw a scoreless eighth inning to earn his second win of the season. Atlanta starter Mike Minor was impressive as usual, allowing just two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out nine in the victory.

It took Atlanta five innings to plate a run against Dodgers starter Matt Magill, as Jordan Schafer singled to score Pena and make it a 2-1 game in the fifth.

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