Friday, May 25, 2018
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Dodgers 6, Braves 4

ATLANTA — Drew Butera hit a two-run homer, his first in almost three months, former Ray Roberto Hernandez threw six strong innings to earn his first win with the Dodgers and Los Angeles beat the slumping Braves 6-4 on Thursday.

Hernandez, making his second start since his trade from the Phillies on Aug. 7, allowed one run on three hits and four walks in six innings.

Butera's second-inning homer off Aaron Harang was his third of the season and his first since May 16. Adrian Gonzalez drove in three runs with three hits and Dee Gordon scored four runs for the Dodgers, who won three of four in the series.

"When your guys up top get on, it just changes the game," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, who said Gordon "was setting the tone, getting on and stealing bases."

The Braves have lost 12 of 15.

Harang had his worst start in two months, allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks in 41/3 innings.

Kenley Jansen struck out former Ray B.J. Upton with runners on second and third to end it.

"We've still got 41 games left," said Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who had three hits, including a double in a three-run eighth. "We can still make something of this if we keep grinding."

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