Prado, Constanza help Braves edge Dodgers
When Prado saw a changeup to his liking, he hit it hard.
“I was just going to put the ball in play,” he said. “I was thinking any pitch I can drive, hit it solid. I saw it, I hit it.”
The Braves avoided getting swept in a three-game series for the first time this season and gave themselves a good send-off for an eight-game road trip that begins Monday against NL East-leading Philadelphia.
The Dodgers had a 3-0 lead when Alex Gonzalez(notes) singled and moved to third on Jack Wilson’s(notes) single. Miles fielded Constanza’s hard grounder cleanly, but his wide throw allowed Gonzalez to score and ruined a potential double play.
Kershaw threw 84 of 115 pitches for strikes in his first career start at Turner Field. The left-hander was 4-0 with a sparkling 0.58 ERA in his previous four outings.
“I definitely felt like I had good stuff, some of the better stuff I’ve had all year,” Kershaw said. “I had command of all three pitches. In the seventh, I left some (pitches) up. Wilson was a hanger and with Gonzalez I got behind in the count.”
“We haven’t been swept in a three-game series all year and it wasn’t looking good with Kershaw on the mound,” said Jones, who walked as a pinch hitter in the ninth. “But we caught a break. They made a mistake on defense and Brooks Conrad capitalized and we were able to scrape one across there.”
NOTES: Los Angeles 2B Justin Sellers(notes) stayed in the game after Delgado hit him on the right wrist in the third inning. … Braves RHP Tommy Hanson(notes), on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis, will try some long toss Monday in Philadelphia. Atlanta has no timetable for his return. … Braves rookie OF Antoan Richardson(notes), whose contract was purchased from Double-A Mississippi, singled in his first career at-bat as a pinch hitter in the fifth. … Atlanta RHP Peter Moylan(notes) was activated from the disabled list after missing 123 games with a strained back. … Wilson was making his Atlanta debut after getting traded from Seattle on Wednesday. … Conrad, who landed on the first base bag awkwardly after his pinch-hit single, was walking with an air cast on his right ankle after the game. He doesn’t believe the injury is serious.