Dodgers 5, Braves 0

The SportsXchange

LOS ANGELES -- What was a wonderful pitcher's duel turned into just another episode of the Yasiel Puig show, as the Los Angeles Dodgers rookie continued his phenomenal start with a grand slam in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 5-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.

Through seven innings, Zack Greinke and Tim Hudson each allowed just four hits, with Los Angeles' lone run coming on a poorly hit RBI groundout in the second inning. The stadium was drowsy, if not already dozing off when Puig strutted to the plate with the bases loaded.

After Cory Gearrin relieved Hudson to open the eighth inning and struck out Tim Federowicz, the Dodgers reeled off consecutive hits by Schumaker and Luis Cruz. Hanley Ramirez pinch hit for Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen and drew a walk, and Puig came up with the bases loaded for the first time.

Puig drove the Gearrin offering to the opposite way as the stadium exploded for the fourth time in as many days, following Puig's career debut, which featured a game-ending double play throw to first base and, and his two-homer Tuesday.

Puig's second hit of the game, which lifted his average to .438, was just the Dodgers' fifth, as Hudson was close to unhittable, retiring 15 straight at one point.

The problem for the Braves was that Greinke was also sharp.

Los Angeles climbed ahead 1-0 in the second inning on a meager RBI groundout to second by Skip Schumaker that scored Scott Van Slyke.

That was the only early damage for either team as both pitchers had five strikeouts through five innings, while Hudson allowed three hits to Greinke's two.

NOTES: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that OF Carl Crawford's hamstring strain is expected to keep him on the disabled list longer than 15 days as he continues to be nagged by the injury. Crawford is batting .301 on the year for the Dodgers after dipping below the mark the last two seasons with Boston and Los Angeles. ... Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez got a scheduled off-day on Thursday after just returning from the disabled list June 4. Ramirez has played just six games for Los Angeles this year, battling myriad injuries. ... Hudson entered the game just 1-4 with a 7.67 ERA in six road starts. ... The Dodgers selected Jacksonville University ace Chris Anderson with the 18th pick in the first round of Thursday's draft. They took Minnesota LHP Tom Windle at pick 56 of the second round. Anderson shot up the draft boards with a fantastic junior season and throws 97 miles per hour. ... The Braves got themselves a young battery with their first two draft selections, taking RHP Jason Hursh, out of Oklahoma State, with the 31st pick of the first round and C Victor Caratini, from Miami Dade Junior College, with the 65th pick in the second round.
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