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Kenta Maeda is excellent as Dodgers edge Braves 3-2 to win 9th straight game

Maeda wins his fourth straight start, Bellinger hits his 29th home run.

Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Dodgers won their first game at SunTrust Park by a 3-2 score over the Atlanta Braves. Kenta Maeda was excellent as he won his fourth straight and tenth overall this season.

Maeda was never really in any trouble, limiting the Braves to two hits and a walk while striking out six in seven scoreless innings.

The Dodgers would score first when after Yasiel Puig got a leg double to leadoff the third inning, one out later, Chris Taylor drove in Puig with his own double.

Cody Bellinger hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to make it 2-0 and in the fifth inning, Puig singled, Maeda sacrificed him to second and on Puig’s successful attempt to steal third, catcher Tyler Flowers made a bad throw, and Puig scored the third Dodger run.

All of this was done against right-handed pitcher Lucas Sims, who otherwise pitched very well in his major league debut. He pitched six innings and allowed just those three runs.

In the eighth inning, Josh Ravin relieved Maeda and gave up a two-run homer to Johan Camargo to suddenly make this a one-run game.

Left-handed pitcher Tony Watson then came in to make his Dodger debut. Watson would give up a single to Brandon Phillips but he recover from that to retire the next three hitters, including getting Freddie Freeman to softly line out to Justin Turner to end the threat.

Kenley Jansen entered the ninth seeking his twenty-eighth save and he struck out all three Braves he faced to give the Dodgers their ninth straight win.

Up next

The Dodgers will send right-handed pitcher Brock Stewart, who will be making his second start of the season, against right-handed pitcher Julio Teheran, first pitch at 4:35 p.m.

Tuesday particulars

Home runs: Cody Bellinger (29), Johan Camargo (3)

WP - Kenta Maeda (10-4): 7 IP, 2 hits, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts

LP - Lucas Sims (0-1): 6 IP, 6 hits, 3 runs, 3 strikeouts

Save - Kenley Jansen (28): 1 IP, 3 strikeouts