Braves Stop Magic; Thump Dodgers 10-2

ATLANTA, Georgia-- There was no magic comeback this night. The Braves pounded three Dodger pitchers for 16 runs to coast in with a 10-2 victory in the second game of the series. Odalis Perez started and was treated roughly, as were relievers Jon Broxton and Steve Schmoll. In the only bit of good news, Yhency Brazoban escaped untouched, working two scoreless innings but well after the final result was a foregone conclusion.

After a ninth inning rally gave the Dodgers a 6-4 win in the first game of the series, Atlanta would have nothing to do with any such nonsense in the second game, earning a 10-2 victory

Perez, (7-7) was touched for a single and a double, good for a run in the first and allowed a triple and three singles in the second and Atlanta led 3-0. Four more came rolling across in the fifth, three on a pair of Braves home runs and one charged to Broxton, who walked three and struck out three but allowed a run.

Just that quickly the Braves led 7-0.

The Dodgers got hits in each of the first three innings but no runner reached third base.

Los Angeles finally got on the board in the sixth inning when Oscar Robles lined a leadoff double into the right-field corner and Jeff Kent followed with another double. With two out, Jayson Werth drove him in on a single to right field, Kent just sliding across the safe as the throw came to the plate.

Steve Schmoll took his turn in the eighth and the Braves tapped him for three singles and a triple, good for three runs.

San Diego, who seems to be attempting to keep the race in the N.L. West close, lost again so the Dodgers, now 11 games under .500, still trail by five games. If the Braves were in the save division with the Dodgers, their 69-51 record would put them 14 1/2 games in front of L.A.

But every day that goes by helps the Padre cause and eventually a team in the division is going to put on a modest winning streak and if it is San Diego, the game is up.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Rookie outfielder Jason Repko sprained his left middle finger sliding head first into the catcher's shin guards Tuesday night. For a time at least he will be able to run and field but it will be some time before he can hit. …Jayson Werth's bat has seemingly come to life. After slugging 16 homers in 89 games last year, he was hit by a pitch in the first exhibition game and hasn't been able to shake loose until the last three games. His two-run homer in the ninth beat the Mets, He was 3-for-4 Tuesday and his double started the winning rally. In the second game of the series, he collected a pair of singles and knocked in the Dodgers second run of the game. …With his third-inning RBI single on Tuesday night, Kent is now hitting an National League-leading .386 (39-for-101) with runners in scoring position. ... Olmedo Saenz is now hitting .377 (26-for-69) with runners in scoring position. ... Jason Repko moved into seventh place on among National League rookies with his 35th run scored. ... Oscar Robles had two hits on Tuesday night and now has 13 multi-hit games in his last 37 starts. …Jeff Weaver (10-8, 4.52 ERA) will face John Thomson (3-2, 3.70 ERA) in the series finale at Turner Field tonight.

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