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Juan Uribe drives home game winner to beat Dodgers again

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Old friend Juan Uribe drove home the go-ahead run for the second straight night, lifting the Braves to a 4-3 win over the Dodgers on Tuesday at Turner Field.

The fifth inning was marked by two balls just off the glove of Joc Pederson in center field. Nick Markakis reached with a single to start the inning, but advanced to second when Pederson saw the ball go off his glove trying to backhand the grounder.

After Chris Johnson singled to put runners at the corners, Uribe lifted a fly ball into no man's land behind second base. Pederson made a sliding attempt and nearly caught the ball, but instead it caromed off his glove for a base hit and a 4-3 Braves lead.

The Dodgers got solo home runs in the first and second inning from Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig, respectively. For Turner, it was his fifth straight hit and at the time his ninth hit in his last 11 at-bats. Turner is 12-for-22 (.545) in his last six games.

Turner in the eighth inning grounded out, but after a 3-0 pitch he thought was outside that was called a strike to extend the plate appearance. Manager Don Mattingly was ejected for arguing with home plate James Hoye, and he got his money's worth.

Puig on the road trip is 6-for-20 (.300) with five RBI in four games.

Dozen-year wait

Chin-hui Tsao took the loss, allowing the unearned run in the fifth inning. But he also contributed at the plate. Batting in the top of the fifth, Tsao hit a ground rule double to center field, his first at-bat and hit since Aug. 23, 2003. Tsao in his career is 3-for-14 (.214) at the plate, with two doubles.

Short start for Anderson

It was a bad night for Brett Anderson because he left in the third inning with irritation in his left Achilles tendon, but it was shaping up to be a bad night on the mound as well. He allowed a leadoff walk to open the first inning, then allowed three ground balls. But instead of ending the inning they produced two runs.

The first of those ground balls was hit to the right of Kiké Hernandez, who tried to get the out at second base but instead threw the ball into right field, putting both runners in scoring position with nobody out. Cameron Maybin was credited with a single on the play, which mattered at least superficially because, coupled with Uribe's double with two outs and nobody on ensured both first-inning runs against Anderson were earned.

Tuesday particulars

Home runs: Justin Turner (12), Yasiel Puig (5)

WP -Alex Wood (7-6): 6⅔ IP, 6 hits, 3 runs, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts

LP - Chin-hui Tsao (1-1): 1⅓ IP, 2 hits, 1 unearned run, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Sv - Jim Johnson (8): 3 up, 3 down