The Atlanta Braves have made their tough roadtrip a distant memory after staging a late-inning comeback for the third straight night, taking a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers to complete a three-game sweep at Turner Field.
Contrary to Friday and Saturday's wins, the Braves actually won a game without hitting a homer, instead opting for a combination of small ball and timely hitting in a four-run eighth inning.
Kenley Jansen, who gave up back-to-back homers in the Braves win Saturday, ended the threat with two on in the seventh inning by striking out Justin Upton. The eighth inning resulted in him taking a loss when he gave up a single to Freddie Freeman and a walk to Brian McCann.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly then saw fit to bring in closer Brandon League, who didn't fare much better. Andrelton Simmons loaded the bases when he reached on Juan Uribe's error on a sacrifice bunt attempt. A pinch-hitting Gerald Laird tied the game with an RBI-single, and Ramiro Pena drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly. Chris Johnson added another run with his single before Jordan Schafer squeezed home Laird.
"It was not easy," Pena said on braves.com. "With the rain delay, we started a little bit later. You just have to concentrate on the game. Everybody did a great job. I think everybody put something into that inning."
Craig Kimbrel put the game at its merciful end with his 14th save, striking out the side to finish a game whose start was delayed one hour and 42 minutes and again for 33 minutes.
It was just the second time the Braves have won a game in the 16 times they've been held homerless, but it took a solid start from Mike Minor to keep the Braves in the game.
Minor struck out nine and gave up two runs over his six innings, with Adrian Gonzalez driving both Dodgers runs in the first and third innings.
"I didn't panic at all for us, just because every guy that goes up there, I feel like is going to get a base hit or put a quality at-bat together," Minor said. "That's what happened. I don't think any of us panicked."
Minor has now compiled a 2.43 ERA in his last 24 starts.
The Braves will greet the Minnesota Twins for a three-game series starting Monday.
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