Los Angeles (29-22) at Atlanta (27-24)

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  • Game info: 7:35 pm EDT Tue May 30, 2006
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The high-scoring Los Angeles Dodgers look to take advantage of a struggling Atlanta Braves pitching staff when the teams continue a three-game series at Turner Field on Tuesday.

The Dodgers (29-22) lead the NL with 280 runs and are averaging 8.4 in their last eight victories. They won 12-5 in the first game of this series on Monday, and the Braves (27-24) have allowed 24 runs in their last two contests.

Atlanta hasn’t allowed that many runs in consecutive games since giving up 28 to Florida from June 30-July 1, 2003.

“We’ve played four day games in a row, but we’re not here to make excuses,” second baseman Marcus Giles said.

Monday’s win was the Dodgers’ ninth in their last 11 games, and 17th in 26 games this month. Los Angeles hasn’t won 18 games in May since the 1993 team went 18-8.

Ramon Martinez hit a three-run homer and had a career-high five RBIs on Monday in just his sixth start of the season to lead the Dodgers.

“That’s the story of my life,” Martinez said. “I have to stay ready for when (manager Grady Little) needs me.”

Former Braves shortstop Rafael Furcal had two hits and scored twice in his first game in Atlanta since leaving to sign with the Dodgers in the offseason. He has a 12-game hitting streak at Turner Field, going 19-for-48 (.396) with 15 runs and six doubles in that span.

Nomar Garciaparra went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs on Monday, and is 20-for-52 (.385) with five doubles in 13 games at Turner Field.

The Braves will send Jorge Sosa (1-6, 4.93 ERA) to the mound Tuesday to try to slow the Dodgers’ offense. After going 0-4 with a 6.91 ERA in his first six starts, Sosa has gone 1-1 with a 1.38 ERA in his last two.

Sosa, who went 13-3 last season, allowed just one earned run and two hits in 6 1-3 innings in a 2-1 loss at San Diego last Tuesday.

“He threw real well,” Chipper Jones said. “We made two errors and just couldn’t get him any runs.”

Sosa has never started against the Dodgers, but has allowed one run and two hits in 3 1-3 innings of relief against them.

Los Angeles will start Aaron Sele, who has been outstanding since taking the place of Odalis Perez in the rotation.

Sele (3-0, 1.69) allowed three hits in seven shutout innings in a 7-1 win over Colorado on Wednesday, and has allowed two or fewer runs in all four of his starts.

The 35-year-old right-hander was an All-Star for Texas in 1998 and Seattle in 2000, but went 30-36 for the Angels during the past four seasons.

“I’ve got the same basic pitches,” Sele said. “I feel like I’m mixing pitches like I used to. I’m trying to keep the ball down and let guys put it in play. We’ve got a great defense. I’m doing what I always did.”

Sele, who spent his first 13 seasons in the AL, has only faced Atlanta once. He allowed four runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings in a 9-1 loss on Aug. 29, 1997, while with Boston.

The Braves have won nine of their last 11 home games, but have lost three of their last four to the Dodgers at Turner Field.

Atlanta shortstop Edgar Renteria went 3-for-5 on Monday, and is 7-for-11 (.636) in his last two games. Renteria has hit safely in all 18 games he has played at Turner Field this season, going 26-for-75 (.347) with 12 runs.

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8-6 Record 3-11
4.53 ERA 5.42
57 K 75
30 BB 40
1.45 WHIP 1.51