Dodgers suf­fer first loss in 10 games as Baez serves up tiebreak­ing two-run homer in bot­tom of the eighth.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Andy McCul­lough

AT­LANTA — The Dodgers saw their lat­est win­ning streak end at nine, fall­ing short of an achieve­ment that hadn’t hap­pened in more than 60 years, with a 5-3 loss to At­lanta on Wed­nes­day. Braves catcher Tyler Flow­ers blasted a tiebreak­ing two-run homer off Dodgers re­liever Pe­dro Baez in the eighth in­ning.

A vic­tory would have given the Dodgers (75-32) their third 10-game win­ning streak this sea­son, a feat that hasn’t oc­curred since the 1954 Mil­wau­kee Braves strung to­gether three of them.

The Dodgers have lost four times since the start of July. The Braves own three of those vic­to­ries.

“They’re a scrappy bunch,” Dodgers man­ager Dave Roberts said.

Mak­ing his sec­ond start of the sea­son, Brock Ste­wart paid for one mis­take in the sec­ond in­ning. He served up a two-run homer to Braves out­fielder Danny San­tana. Other­wise, Ste­wart kept At­lanta off the board dur­ing four in­nings.

Cody Bellinger opened the scor­ing in the top of the sec­ond. He crushed a 91-mph fast­ball from At­lanta starter Julio Te­heran into the Braves bullpen in right-cen­ter field for a solo shot. Bellinger be­came the sec­ond rookie in Dodgers his­tory to hit 30 in a sea­son. Mike Pi­azza holds the rookie record with 35 in 1993.

Af­ter San­tana took Ste­wart

deep in the bot­tom of the in­ning, the Dodgers of­fense com­piled two runs in the fourth and fifth. Chris Tay­lor got hit by a pitch in the fourth, stole sec­ond, took third on a fly­out and scored on a ground­out by Joc Ped­er­son. An in­ning later, Chase Ut­ley stroked a twoout sin­gle to score Yasiel Puig, who had dou­bled.

At­lanta cap­i­tal­ized on a mis­take by Corey Sea­ger in the field in the bot­tom of the fifth. Braves out­fielder En­der In­cia­rte hit a lead­off sin­gle against re­liever Ross Stripling. The next bat­ter, third base­man Bran­don Phillips, chopped a grounder to­ward Sea­ger. The hard in­field of SunTrust Park did not help. The ball skipped late and threw off Sea­ger’s rhythm. He could not turn the dou­ble play, and In­cia­rte soon scored on a sin­gle by first base­man Fred­die Free­man.

“It was bounc­ing,” Sea­ger said. “I knew it was go­ing to kick, but you try to give your­self as much space as you can. But it still kicked enough to hit me in the chest. It’s un­for­tu­nate.”

In the eighth, Baez re­tired the first two bat­ters he faced. Then he is­sued a walk to the No. 8 hit­ter, short­stop Jo­han Ca­margo. Flow­ers pun­ished him in the next at­bat.

“You’ve got the eighth­place hit­ter, to walk him with two outs, that was prob­a­bly a thing that he’d like to have back,” Roberts said.

Hill honored

Rich Hill was se­lected Na­tional League pitcher of the month af­ter post­ing a 1.45 earned-run av­er­age in five starts in July. He went 4-0, strik­ing out 40 bat­ters while walk­ing five. He has been dom­i­nant since re­con­fig­ur­ing his de­liv­ery in June.

Hill is the sec­ond Dodger to earn this honor in 2017. Alex Wood won pitcher of the month in May.

Short hop

Re­liever Josh Ravin was op­tioned to triple-A Ok­la­homa City to make room for Yu Darvish, who was ac­ti­vated on Wed­nes­day. Ravin gave up a two-run homer on Tues­day which raised his ERA to 3.38.

Kevin C. Cox Getty Im­ages

TYLER FLOW­ERS of the Braves rounds the bases af­ter hit­ting a pinch-hit two-run home run in the bot­tom of the eighth in­ning against the Dodgers, giv­ing At­lanta a 5-3 lead.

John Amis As­so­ci­ated Press

DODGERS CATCHER Yas­mani Gran­dal tags out the Braves’ Fred­die Free­man to end the sev­enth in­ning.

Kevin C. Cox Getty Im­ages

BRAVES MAN­AGER Brian Snitker is ready to greet Tyler Flow­ers af­ter his two-run home run.

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