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Dodgers make it look easy in 6-1 victory over Braves

They triumph as Jon Garland pitches a complete game and Andre Ethier spearheads the offense.

April 20, 2011|By Steve Dilbeck
  • Starter Jon Garland is congratulated after throwing a complete game in the Dodgers' 6-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.
Starter Jon Garland is congratulated after throwing a complete game in… (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles…)

Then they played the game. And pretty well, too.

The Dodgers received a complete game from Jon Garland in only his second start of the season, bountiful offense, played error-less defense and won in a breeze on a pleasant Wednesday night, 6-1, over the Atlanta Braves.

On a historic day that saw Major League Baseball take over the daily operations of the club from owner Frank McCourt, the Dodgers went out and played as if it was just another day at the ballpark. Or at least like one of those winning days.

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"You feel bad for the situation, but as a player in this locker room you still have to go about your business in the right way and go out and try to win games," Garland said.

Andre Ethier led an 11-hit attack with a double and his 100th career home run, extending his career-best hitting streak to 17 games. Juan Uribe, who had only three runs batted in on the season, had a pair of two-run singles.

In the second inning, Uribe even managed to give the Dodgers their first hit in nine attempts with the bases loaded.

"It's what we're capable of, it really is," said Manager Don Mattingly. "I know I've said it, and I don't know if anyone believes it or not, we've got a good club."

Meanwhile, Garland — who had been rocked for four runs on nine hits in the four innings of his first start — gave the Dodgers a highly efficient, and much needed, complete game. Garland (1-1) allowed one run on four hits and two walks. He struck out four.

Garland threw 83 pitches Friday in his initial start since missing the season's first 13 games with an oblique injury. On Wednesday, he picked up his 11th career complete game with an efficient 108 pitches.

"I probably surprised everyone standing in front of me, but I didn't surprise myself," Garland told reporters. "I've done it before."

The Dodgers jumped out quickly against Braves right-hander Derek Lowe, taking a 5-0 lead with two runs in the first and three more in the second.

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Lowe left after only four innings, surrendering five runs on nine hits. The former Dodger had allowed only five runs in his first four starts.

The Dodgers took their record to 9-10 on the season, and 1-0 under MLB.

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