Braves rally with 4-run 8th to sweep Dodgers
ATLANTA (AP) -- Ramiro Pena had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in a four-run eighth inning, Jordan Schafer drove in two runs and the Atlanta Braves rallied against the Los Angeles Dodgers' beleaguered bullpen for a 5-2 victory on a rain-soaked Sunday.
Kenley Jansen (1-3) was the loser for the second straight game, this time allowing one hit, two runs and a walk while getting just one out in a game twice delayed by rain for a total of 2 hours, 15 minutes.
Jansen began the eighth by allowing a single to Freddie Freeman and walking Brian McCann. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly brought in closer Brandon League for the first time in the series, but he fared no better than his teammate.
After Atlanta loaded the bases when third baseman Juan Uribe was charged with a fielding error on Andrelton Simmons' sacrifice bunt attempt, League gave up a tying RBI single to pinch-hitter Gerald Laird to make it 2-all. Pinch-runner B.J. Upton scored Pena's fly.
The Braves added two more runs off League on Chris Johnson's RBI single and a sacrifice bunt by Schafer.
Closer Craig Kimbrel earned his third save of the series and 14th in 17 chances as the Braves earned their fourth series sweep this season.
Kimbrel struck out Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez before A.J. Ellis walked. Atlanta had retired 19 straight batters before Ellis' walk, but Kimbrel ended it with a strikeout of Andre Ethier.
Luis Avilan (2-0) pitched a perfect eighth inning, striking out one.
The Dodgers went up 1-0 in the first when Carl Crawford led off with a double, moved to third on Mark Ellis' groundout and scored on Gonzalez's RBI single.
In the third, Crawford walked, moved to third on Kemp's double and crossed the plate on Gonzalez's sacrifice fly to give Los Angeles a 2-0 lead.
Los Angeles rookie Matt Magill didn't allow a runner to reach scoring position until the fifth when Pena reached on fielder's choice, advanced to second on Braves starter Mike Minor's single and scored on Schafer's RBI single to make it 2-1.
Magill was chased on Justin Upton's leadoff single in the sixth. J.P. Howell made just two pitches, a pair of strikes to Freeman, when the game was stopped by a second rain delay.
After the 33-minute stoppage, Freeman faced nine pitches before hitting a grounder to second baseman Mark Ellis, whose fielding error left both runners safe.
The Dodgers avoided damage, though, as Howell struck out Brian McCann and retired Simmons on a popup before pinch-hitter Evan Gattis grounded into a fielder's choice against Ronald Belisario.
Magill, who could lose his spot in the rotation with Ted Lilly likely to come off the disabled list on Monday, gave up four hits, one unearned run and three walks in five-plus innings. Magill has a 5.00 ERA in four starts.
Minor allowed three hits and two runs with two walks and a season-high nine strikeouts in six innings.
In Atlanta's seventh, Mattingly used three pitchers - Belisario, Paco Rodriguez and Jansen - to face five batters. Jansen, who took the loss Saturday by giving up homers to Gattis and Simmons, struck out Justin Upton to end a threat with runners on first and second.
NOTES: Before Kemp doubled in the third, he had just three hits in 42 career at-bats at Turner Field. ... Mark Ellis, out since April 27 with a strained right quadriceps, returned to the lineup and went 0 for 4 with one strikeout. C Tim Federowicz was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for Ellis on the roster.