Originally created 08/15/98

Atlanta beats Dodgers 5-2



LOS ANGELES -- Andres Galarraga hit his 37th homer, a three-run shot, and Kevin Millwood won his third straight start as the Atlanta Braves beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 Friday night.

Millwood (14-6) allowed a run and five hits with eight strikeouts in five innings before leaving with a sprained right ankle. The right-hander injured his ankle while running out a grounder in the fourth.

Javy Lopez and pinch-hitter Greg Colbrunn added RBI singles for the NL East-leading Braves, who swept the Dodgers in a three-game series at Turner Field in May and have won their last seven meetings with Los Angeles.

Kerry Ligtenberg pitched the ninth for his 19th save.

The loss was the Dodgers' seventh in 10 games and dropped them back to the .500 mark for the 25th time this season. They trail Chicago by six games in the wild-card chase and first-place San Diego by 18 games in the NL West. The Dodgers haven't been more than 18 games back 1993, when they finished 23 behind the Braves.

The first five Atlanta batters in the fourth inning reached base against Dave Mlicki (6-6), who didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning when the Braves scored four times.

Galarraga drove a 3-2 pitch to right-center, following Keith Lockhart's single and a walk to Chipper Jones. Ryan Klesko doubled off the glove of first baseman Eric Karros, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a bloop single by Lopez.

Mlicki was charged with four runs and six hits in six innings. He is 5-2 in 13 starts since the Dodgers obtained him from the New York Mets on June 4.

Raul Mondesi, who looked like he would miss a couple of games after fouling a pitch off his left leg on Thursday night, was in the lineup and led off the bottom of the fourth with his 26th homer. He hit a career-high 30 homers last season.

Karros drove in a run on a ninth-inning single off ex-Dodger Rudy Seanez.

Notes: Braves broadcaster and Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton had his No. 20 Dodgers uniform retired in an emotional pregame ceremony. Sutton won 324 career games. ... Matt Luke, who started in right for the injured Gary Sheffield, struck out all four times. Sheffield sat out because of a sprained right thumb he sustained stealing third base Thursday night. ... Lopez has 83 RBIs, the most by a Braves catcher since Earl Williams had 87 in 1971 and 1972. ... Jones scored his 99th run on Galarraga's homer, the most in the majors.