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Four-run rallies by the Braves in the third and fifth innings sealed the Dodgers' fate today, and another four runs in the eighth completed the 13-1 demolition in the third game of a four-game series in Atlanta.

When Ryan Theriot bunted after a leadoff double by Scott Podsednik in the first inning, and the Dodgers played the infield in during a third inning Braves rally, it was apparent the Dodgers were playing on a different level. But, such is the case with an offense averaging just over three runs per game since the All-Star break.

The eight runs given up by Vicente Padilla today are the most allowed by a Dodger starter this season. The previous high was seven runs, which has been given up eight times this year.

Notes

  • The 13 runs is the most allowed by the Dodgers this season, as well as their most lopsided loss
  • Jay Gibbons, who entered the game as a defensive replacement for Andre Ethier in the sixth inning, has played in all seven games since joining the Dodgers
  • Podsednik played every inning of every game -- up to 146 1/3 defensive innings and 17 games today -- until he was pinch hit for by Reed Johnson in the eighth inning today
  • Podsednik's first-inning double extended his hitting streak to 12 games
  • Ronald Belisario pitched a scoreless seventh inning, but allowed four runs in the eighth, the last three of which came after a two-out fly ball landed in right field for a sun single. He has been scored upon in all three outings since returning from the restricted list earlier this week.
  • Theriot reached base three times today, via two hits and a walk.
  • The Dodgers have now been outscored on the season, 517 runs to 516.

Chad Billingsley and Tommy Hanson face off in tomorrow's wraparound finale, as the Dodgers seek a split.

WP - Jair Jurrjens (5-4):  7 IP, 6 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts

LP - Vicente Padilla (6-4):  4 1/3 IP, 8 hits, 8 runs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts

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