At a time when they needed it most, Mike Bolsinger pitched seven strong innings to lead the Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the Braves to salvage a win on getaway day Wednesday afternoon at Turner Field in Atlanta.
Bolsinger allowed just three singles and a walk, with four strikeouts. Unencumbered by bad oysters or malfunctioning light banks, the right-hander was able to get into a groove on Wednesday, retiring 14 straight at one point.
The only run Bolsinger allowed came in the third inning, and even then only after a sure double-play ball, a soft line drive to Jimmy Rollins at shortstop, caromed off his glove, going from a two-out, bases-empty situation to a nobody-out, two-on rally. A sacrifice bunt and a ground out brought him the unearned run.
For a while it looked like that run might hold up, until the Dodgers broke out in the fifth.
Yasmani Grandal, making his first start since taking a foul ball off his mask on Sunday, doubled to right field to start the inning, over the head of Nick Markakis, who misjudged the hard line drive. To that point, Grandal had the only two hits of the game against Julio Teheran.
One out later, Alberto Callaspo singled through a drawn-in infield to tie the game. That snapped a 1-for-16 slump by Callaspo, who on Wednesday was 2-for-3 with a walk.
Jimmy Rollins followed with a double of his own to score Callaspo for a 2-1 lead, snapping an 0-for-19 skid.
Joc Pederson, who struck out in his first two at-bats on Wednesday, singled to right field with two outs for a 3-1 advantage. Pederson was 9-for-62 (.145) with four walks and 21 strikeouts
Teheran was otherwise pretty great, pitching seven innings and striking out 11, matching Carlos Martinez of the Cardinals (on June 5) for most strikeouts against the Dodgers this season.
Bolsinger for the most part kept the Braves on the ground on Wednesday, inducing 11 ground ball outs. He was helped by his defense at various times, especially Howie Kendrick with diving plays to rob Jace Peterson in the first and Markakis in the sixth, and Callaspo with a solid hard-charging barehanded grab and throw to nail a bunting Eury Perez in the seventh.
Done after 98 pitches in his seven innings, Bolsinger was relieved by Juan Nicasio, who pitched a perfect eighth inning with one strikeout.
Kenley Jansen walked Cameron Maybin to open the ninth, just Jansen's third walk of the season. But he recovered to close out the win for his 17th save, thanks in part to a fantastic diving grab and throw by Callaspo at third base to rob Markakis. Jansen struck out Juan Uribe to end the game.
Home runs: none
WP - Mike Bolsinger (5-3): 7 IP, 3 hits, 1 unearned run, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts
LP - Julio Teheran (6-5): 7 IP, 6 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, 11 strikeouts
Sv - Kenley Jansen (17): 1 IP, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts