Braves at Cardinals
When: 8:15 p.m. Friday
Where: St. Louis, Mo.
On TV: Fox Sports South
ATLANTA — Mike Bolsinger pitched seven strong innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers scored three runs in the fifth inning to beat the Atlanta Braves 3-1 on Wednesday.
Having used their bullpen for 9 1/3 innings in first two games of the series, the NL West-leading Dodgers were hoping Bolsinger would pitch past the sixth for the first time in his last eight starts.
Alberto Callaspo, Jimmy Rollins and Joc Pederson each drove in a run for Los Angeles, which avoided its first three-game losing streak since June 15-17 against Texas.
Bolsinger (5-3) commanded his curveball well enough to retire 14 straight batters before a two-out walk of A.J. Pierzynski in the seventh. The right-hander allowed three hits and a run with a walk with four strikeouts.
Kenley Jansen pitched around a leadoff walk to Cameron Maybin in the ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances, getting strikeouts of Kelly Johnson and pinch-hitter Juan Uribe to end the game.
Julio Teheran (6-5) struck out seven of the first 10 batters and had the Dodgers off balance through the fourth before struggling with his command in the fifth.
The Braves, despite having won 10 of 15 at Turner Field, have dropped eight of 11 overall.
With Teheran elevating his pitches, Yasmani Grandal led off with a double that right fielder Nick Markakis appeared to misjudge. Grandal came home from third on a single by Callaspo, who scored the go-ahead run on a double from Rollins.
Pederson’s single made it 3-1.
Teheran dropped to 0-4 with a 6.07 ERA in four career starts against the Dodgers. The right-hander lost at Turner Field for the first time in 10 home starts this season despite matching a career high with 11 strikeouts. He allowed six hits, three runs and three walks in seven innings.
Atlanta took a 1-0 lead in the third on Maybin’s RBI groundout.
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Teheran picked off Grandal at second base to end the second after Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez successfully challenged to have the play overturned. Second-base umpire John Hirschbeck initially ruled that Grandal beat shortstop Andrelton Simmons’ tag. The review lasted just 56 seconds.
Dodgers: Manager Don Mattingly doesn’t anticipate that RHP Brett Anderson will need to go on the disabled list after irritating his left Achilles tendon and leaving Tuesday’s 4-3 loss in the third inning. Mattingly said it’s too early to tell if Anderson will make his next scheduled start Sunday at the Mets.
Braves: 1B Freddie Freeman, on the disabled list with a right wrist contusion, has arrived at the team’s spring training facility in Florida to continue taking live batting practice. Freeman has missed 29 games with the injury. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said that Freeman might be ready to return during the four-game series that begins July 30 at Philadelphia.
Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-6), last year’s NL MVP and a three-time Cy Young Award winner, is 5-0 with a 1.58 ERA in eight career starts against the Mets.
Braves: LHP Manny Banuelos (1-0) will make his third career start when Atlanta visits St. Louis on Friday.