Atlanta (43-40) at Los Angeles (47-36)

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  • Game info: 10:10 pm EDT Tue Jul 3, 2007
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First-time All-Star Russell Martin has been providing a significant spark to the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup.

He looks to extend his career-best hitting streak to 13 games and lead the Dodgers to their third straight victory when they continue their four-game series against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday.

Martin had a career-high four hits and drove in a pair of runs in Los Angeles’ (47-36) series-opening 8-2 win over the Braves (43-40) on Monday. The second-year catcher, who will start for the NL in the July 10 All-Star game at San Francisco, is batting .377 (20-for-53) with six doubles and 12 RBIs during his 12-game hitting streak.

“It just seems like when there’s a pressure situation, my adrenaline level gets up,” said Martin, who is batting .345 this season with runners in scoring position. “It gives me a little energy boost, and maybe I concentrate and focus a little bit more with guys in scoring position. I just wish I could have that same approach every time I’m hitting.”

Martin also stole his 16th base of the season on Monday, the most by a catcher for the Dodgers franchise since Lew Ritter had 16 for the Brooklyn Superbas in 1905.

Randy Wolf (9-6, 4.33 ERA) takes the mound Tuesday looking to lead the Dodgers to their first three-game winning streak since a four-game run June 11-15.

The left-hander gave up three runs, four hits and matched a career high with six walks allowed in six innings of a 9-5 win over Arizona on Thursday.

Wolf has not defeated the Braves since 2003, going 0-2 with a 6.11 ERA in his last six starts against them. In his only outing versus Atlanta this season, he gave up one run and six hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 6-4 loss, not recording a decision.

He is 4-9 with a 4.68 ERA in 22 games - 20 starts - lifetime against the Braves.

Atlanta has lost two straight following a five-game winning streak.

Third baseman Chipper Jones went 3-for-5 on Monday, and is batting .415 (27-for-65) with a homer and 10 RBIs in 17 games since coming off the disabled list due to a sore right hand. He is 13-for-38 (.342) with three home runs and four doubles lifetime against Wolf.

While Chipper Jones has been swinging a hot bat, Andruw Jones is hitting only .122 (9-for-74) with 21 strikeouts in his last 19 games. The center fielder has also struggled in his career against Wolf, batting .192 (10-for-52) with three homers, three doubles and 11 strikeouts.

Kyle Davies (3-7, 5.42) seeks his first win in more than a month when he returns to Atlanta’s starting rotation.

Davies hasn’t pitched since June 23 against Detroit when he left after 6 1-3 innings with a strained left oblique. He allowed only two runs and three hits, but lost 2-1 to extend his career-worst losing streak to four starts. The right-hander’s ERA during that stretch is 6.64.

In his only career start against the Dodgers on May 6, Davis gave up four runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. He did not record a decision in Atlanta’s 6-4 victory.

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Starting Pitchers

K. Davies NYY vs. R. Wolf Tor
7-15 Record 9-6
6.09 ERA 4.73
99 K 94
70 BB 39
1.65 WHIP 1.45


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