Braves salvage a series split with 8-1 win over Los Angeles

Harry How

The Braves got two home runs from second baseman Dan Uggla and another good outing from Mike Minor en route to an 8-1 victory and a split of the four-game series against the Dodgers.

Uggla's first home run was one of seven runs Atlanta scored against struggling Dodgers starter Matt Magill, who had no control from the start. Down 1-0 after Mike Minor escaped a bases loaded jam relatively unscathed in the first inning, a walk by Jason Heyward and an error by Adrian Gonzalez on a Justin Upton dribbler put runners on first and second for Freddie Freeman. Freeman scorched a liner to center, loading the bases for Evan Gattis.

Gattis popped out to left, scoring Heyward to tie the game at one. That set the stage for Uggla, who launched a Magill cutter into the left field stands for a three-run homer to make it 4-1 Atlanta.

Atlanta extended the lead in the next half inning, with two walks to Minor and Justin Upton sandwiched around a Heyward single loaded the bases for Freeman, who crushed a ball to left center that was just out of reach of a diving Skip Schumaker. That cleared the bases, making it a 7-1 game and chasing Magill in the process.

Uggla homered against reliever Ronald Belisario to lead off the fifth inning, ending the scoring at 8-1 and notching his 13th home run of the season.

Minor, who recovered from a 31-pitch first inning where Los Angeles scored on a dribbler down the third base line from Schumaker, ended up with six very productive innings of work. The left-hander allowed just six hits and the one run while walking three and striking out six.

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