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Braves Snatch Victory From Jaws Of Defeat

Matt Kemp homered on Wednesday but the ending didn't go as the Dodgers had planned.
Matt Kemp homered on Wednesday but the ending didn't go as the Dodgers had planned.

Ted Lilly and Matt Kemp continued their respective hot streaks, but the Atlanta Braves bruised and battered Dodgers closer Javy Guerra for three runs in the top of the ninth inning for a 4-2 win.

Consecutive RBI singles by Dan Uggla, Chipper Jones, and Jason Heyward brought home the runs for Atlanta, but the most damaging blow was the line drive by Brian McCann that caromed off Guerra's jaw for an infield single. That put runners on first and second base with one out and the Dodgers up 2-1, and Guerra amazingly stayed in to pitch the next three batters, all of whom singled.

It was the second blown save of the season for Guerra, and his second loss in as many nights. But the conern now shifts to his jaw, and any possible long term damage.

Lilly has started three games for the Dodgers this season, and on Wednesday night he tied his season high by allowing one run. A Freddie Freeman double and Dan Uggla single gave the Braves a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth, but Lilly allowed just one hit and one walk in his other six frames.

Lilly has been simply magnificent since the beginning of last August. In 14 starts, Lilly is 7-4 with a 1.82 ERA, 31 walks, and 75 strikeouts in 89 innings. In the last nine of those starts, Lilly has not allowed a home run, a span that totals 62 2/3 innings.

Good thing Lilly never has to face Kemp.

After going a full three games without a home run for just the second time this season, Matt Kemp resumed his long ball supremacy in the bottom of the sixth inning. Kemp broke a 1-1 tie with a leadoff home run off Brandon Beachy into the left field pavilion, his 10th of the season.

Kemp tied Gary Sheffield's Dodgers franchise record with 10 home runs in April, and became the fastest Dodger ever to hit 10 home runs, doing so in just 19 team games. Roy Campanella held the previous record, hitting his 10th home run in team game number 21 in 1953.

Campanella took 24 team games to hit 11 home runs, the fastest Dodger to that mark, so Kemp has a few days to catch him.

Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless eighth inning with one strikeout, giving him 20 on the season to tie Aroldis Chapman for the major league lead among relief pitchers.

Tonight's Particulars

Home Runs: Matt Kemp (10)

WP - Jonny Venters (2-0): 1 IP, 3 strikeouts

LP - Javy Guerra (1-3): 1/3 IP, 5 hits, 3 runs

Sv - Craig Kimbrel (7): 1 IP, 2 strikeouts