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Roberto Hernandez gets first win in Dodgers' 6-4 victory over Braves

Los Angeles DodgersSportsBaseballDon MattinglyAtlanta BravesYasiel PuigFreddie Freeman
Dodgers nearly blow a four-run lead before defeating the Braves, 6-4, on Thursday
Recently acquired pitcher Roberto Hernandez goes six innings to win his first game for Dodgers

KEY MOMENT: The game became interesting when Brian Wilson gave up three runs in the eighth inning to reduce the Dodgers' lead from 5-1 to 5-4. Adrian Gonzalez drove in Dee Gordon in the ninth inning to extend the advantage to 6-4, but there were still some scary moments in the bottom of the inning. Kenley Jansen, who recorded the final out of the eighth inning, gave up an infield single to Jason Heyward. With two outs, Freddie Freeman doubled to right field, giving the Braves runners on second and third. But Jansen struck out B.J. Upton to save the game.

ON THE MOUND: Recently acquired Roberto Hernandez won his first game for the Dodgers, limiting the Braves to one run and three hits over six innings. Hernandez worked hard to get there, throwing 118 pitches. Completing six innings was a point of pride for Hernandez, especially since middle reliever Jamey Wright was unavailable after pitching 2 1/3 innings the previous night. Brandon League pitched a scoreless seventh inning to lower his earned-run average to 2.36.

AT THE PLATE: Gonzalez drove in three runs, giving him 83 on the season and a share of the league lead. Catcher Drew Butera hit his first home run in more than three months, a two-run shot in the second inning that increased the Dodgers' lead to 3-0. Dee Gordon was three for four with a walk, two steals and four runs. Yasiel Puig was three for four with a run batted in. Braves starter Aaron Harang lasted only 41/3 innings as the Dodgers pounded their former teammate for five runs and seven hits.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Puig made a spectacular catch to take away an extra-base hit from Freddie Freeman in the sixth inning. Freeman drove the ball over Puig's head, but Puig ran to the warning track and made a twisting catch as he leaped into the wall.

MEDICAL REPORT: Manager Don Mattingly said he isn't counting on Hyun-Jin Ryu to make his scheduled start on Tuesday. "I don't feel like his chances are very good of pitching on his turn," Mattingly said. Ryu strained a right buttock muscle on Wednesday night and appeared to still be walking with a limp the next day. The left-hander is "still feeling something," Mattingly said. Ryu is expected to be examined Friday in Los Angeles. … Hanley Ramirez, who is on the disabled list with a strained right side muscle, played catch Wednesday. The Dodgers initially thought Ramirez would need seven to 10 days to recover. Mattingly said that could still be the case. The typical recovery time for a strained oblique muscle is about a month, but Mattingly said, "We don't feel like it's going to be a month." … Josh Beckett will be eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, but Mattingly said there are no plans to activate him. Beckett has a torn labrum in his left hip, but Mattingly thinks he has a chance of pitching again this season. Mattingly said Beckett is scheduled to be examined in the near future.

UP NEXT: Zack Greinke (12-8, 2.84) will face Jimmy Nelson (2-3, 4.00) and the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m. On the air: TV: SportsNet LA. Radio: 570, 1020.

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