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Kenta Maeda stretches out for Dodgers in win

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Corey Seager and Trayce Thompson weren't the only ones to go deep for the Dodgers in Friday's win over the Braves. The club also got an extended start from Kenta Maeda as well.

Maeda pitched into the seventh inning for the first time since April 28, and allowed just two runs, one earned, for his fifth win of the season. It was already Maeda's first time lasting six innings in his last five starts, and through six innings he was at 105 pitches, a new season high.

But with the right-handed Brandon Snyder leading off the seventh, Maeda was asked to get one more batter, and he did, needing only two more pitches to get a harmless ground out from Snyder.

Maeda struck out five and walked two, the ninth time in 11 starts this season that Maeda has walked two or fewer.

It was a much-needed deep outing from Maeda, who averaged five innings per outing in May, after averaging 6.4 innings per start in April.

The Dodgers are 12-7 in games when their non-Kershaw starting pitchers throw a quality start, and 7-19 when they don't.

Kenley Jansen 's save on Friday night was his 16th of the season and 158th in his career, just three shy of Eric Gagne for the all-time franchise lead.

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The Dodgers will turn to Clayton Kershaw on Saturday night, a 7:10 p.m. PT start. The Braves were going to start Mike Foltynewicz, but he was scratched with bone spurs in his right elbow, per Mark Bowman of In his place, Bud Norris will start for Atlanta.