ATLANTA — Pinch-hitter Juan Francisco’s two-out single in the 11th inning gave the Atlanta Braves their fourth consecutive win, 4-3 over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.
Backup catcher David Ross and light-hitting Paul Janish kept the inning going with back-to-back singles off Brandon League (0-1) before Francisco punched one to left off Jamie Wright. Jonny Venters (4-3) earned the win.
The Braves rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the eighth on Martin Prado’s run-scoring groundout and Jason Heyward’s two-out single, ruining a strong performance by Dodgers starter Chris Capuano.
After giving up second-inning shot to Chipper Jones, his third homer in two nights, Capuano stifled the Braves until the eighth, when Janish and pinch-hitter Reed Johnson sparked the rally.
The Dodgers led after Andre Ethier’s two-run homer off Tommy Hanson, and Shane Victorino added a run-scoring double in the seventh. But Los Angeles couldn’t hold the lead, another frustrating loss after slugger Matt Kemp and manager Don Mattingly were ejected the previous night in a 10-6 setback at Pittsburgh.
Capuano worked into the eighth, while Hanson made it to the seventh in his first start coming off the disabled list. Both were long gone by the time this one was decided.
The Dodgers had a runner thrown out at the plate before finally breaking through against Hanson. Mark Ellis led off the sixth with a grounder down the third-base line that was generously ruled a double after deflecting off Jones’ glove, and Ethier followed with a shot into the right-field seats for his 12th homer.
After Jones’ home run, Capuano surrendered only three hits and a walk over the next six innings, not allowing a runner past first base. But Janish and Johnson sparked the Braves, and Capuano was lifted after Bourn moved the runners along with a sacrifice bunt.
Hanson, pitching for the first time since coming off the disabled list, went 6⅔ innings and lifted after giving up Victorino’s RBI double on his 100th pitch.
Los Angeles had plenty of opportunities against Hanson. In the fourth, Ethier was thrown out at the plate trying to score all the way from first, Ross applying the tag after making a nice scoop on a one-hop relay throw from Janish. The next inning, the Dodgers got a runner to third with one out, but Capuano flied out to shallow left and Victorino struck out swinging, slamming his bat in frustration.