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Dodgers take care of business with a 12-6 win to complete sweep over Braves

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The Dodgers jumped all over Braves' starter Matt Wisler early and often Sunday afternoon, slugging four home runs on their way to a 12-6 victory.

The win gives the Dodgers their seventh straight win at home, including two consecutive three-game sweeps, in their longest such streak since April of last season when they won eight in a row at Dodger Stadium.

It looked like it would be a long day for the Dodgers when Scott Kazmir was knocked around in the first inning. The Braves strung together three straight two-out hits to score a pair of runs before the Dodgers took a turn at the plate.

Once the Dodgers got their chance to hit, they piled on Wisler for eight runs in the first four innings. Wisler had only given up 12 runs over his last six starts in 43 innings before the Dodgers roughed him up.

Down 2-0 with two outs in the first, the Dodgers answered right back with a pair of runs. Adrian Gonzalez doubled Trayce Thompson home and Howie Kendrick followed with a run-scoring single.

Kiké Hernandez launched a solo homer to start the second and ultimately the Dodgers onslaught. The home team would score at least once in the first five innings of the game, breaking it wide open with a three-run shot off the bat of Yasmani Grandal in the third that put the Dodgers up 7-2.

Hernandez and Grandal came through with the big hits after scuffling through the first two months of the season. Hernandez now has six hits in his last 13 at-bats while the three-run homer interrupted an 8-for-68 (.118) slump for Grandal. The pair would each reach base twice on the day.

Corey Seager would also insert himself into the offensive outburst, going 3-for-5 with a solo homer in the fourth, an RBI-single in the fifth and a two-run blast for good measure in the seventh. The 22-year-old shortstop is now 39-for-120 (.325) with 12 homers since May 7.

Kazmir settled in after the 30-pitch first inning, not allowing another run until the sixth. After giving up back-to-back hits to start the inning, the 32-year-old would leave the game with a trainer at his side. The good news is that the reason for the early exit was due to a cramp in Kazmir's left quad.

"In the warmups before the game, I felt like my quad was tight," said Kazmir. "We were working on it in between innings and it started to loosen up a bit. Once I got on the bases and started to run a little bit, it started to tighten up again.

Kazmir said there is no concern over making his next start in the upcoming week. The lefty would finish with three earned runs and seven hits over five plus innings, striking out five and walking one.

Chris Hatcher would allow two runs in the eighth and Louis Coleman allowed one in the ninth on a solo homer from Brandon Snyder.

Up next

The Rockies will come to town starting a three-game series Monday at Dodger Stadium. Mike Bolsinger will be on the mound for the Dodgers while Colorado wills send Tyler Chatwood to the hill.

Sunday particulars

Home runs: Kiké Hernandez (4), Yasmani Grandal (5), Corey Seager 2 (14)

WP: Scott Kazmir (5-3) 5 IP, 7 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts

LP: Matt Wisler (2-6) 4 IP, 9 hits, 8 runs, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts