LOS ANGELES -- Corey Seager's first-career three-homer game propelled the Dodgers to a 4-2 win over the Braves on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.The Dodgers only had five hits, but four of them left the yard, as Trayce Thompson, Seager's roommate, added to Seager's three solo shots with one of
LOS ANGELES -- Corey Seager's first-career three-homer game propelled the Dodgers to a 4-2 win over the Braves on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers only had five hits, but four of them left the yard, as Trayce Thompson, Seager's roommate, added to Seager's three solo shots with one of his own.
"One of those things, it didn't matter where it was thrown, it looked like it was on a tee," Seager said. "That's a good feeling when you're hitting, I hope it will be that way tomorrow."
Braves starter Julio Teheran, who allowed Thompson's homer and two of Seager's, had allowed a total of two in all of May. Those were the only hits Teheran allowed in his 5 2/3 innings.
"It was [Seager's] night," Teheran said. "We've got to give him the credit."
Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda had one of his best starts since his four-game, one-run stretch to begin the season, allowing two earned runs over 6 1/3 innings with five strikeouts. After allowing runs in the first two innings, Maeda allowed just one hit for the remainder of his appearance. His 107 pitches were also his MLB career high.
"There was a fastball down for a strike, and I think he got his release point back," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "Before that, his fastball command was in and out. Slider was inconsistent. Kenta, what he showed in New York, he's got a lot of heart. He's going to find a way to compete and give us a chance to win."
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Thrice is nice: Seager entered Friday night's game leading the Dodgers in home runs and extended his lead with his second multi-homer game of the season. If you combine Seager's 12 homers with Thompson's nine and the eight from their other roommate, Joc Pederson, the household of young Dodgers has seven more homers (29) than the entire Braves team (22).
"I honestly didn't know Corey had 12 or Trayce had 9, I'm just so caught up in the day to day and winning games," Roberts said. "Would you have said that at the beginning of the season? Probably not. To get that production offensively from these young guys is great. That production is going to come from other guys as well." More >
Encouraging, yet frustrating: The three solo home runs accounted for the only hits Teheran surrendered during an effort that left him with a 1.89 ERA over his past nine starts. The Braves right-hander held the Dodgers hitless through the first three innings and then saw Seager hit his first pitch -- a changeup -- of the fourth inning over the right-center-field wall.
"Even though I didn't miss with my pitches, they were homers," Teheran said. "I'm just going to put that game away and concentrate on my next start." More >
Maeda shows his versatility: Maeda wasn't just strong on the mound; he showed why he won four straight gold gloves in Japan's Central League. Teheran was trying to bunt Kelly Johnson over from first and popped the ball up down the first-base line. Maeda raced over to make the catch, then immediately fired to first to double off Johnson.
"Very confident with my ability to field the position," Maeda said through an interpreter. "I was going to try get the guy out at second base and I was aiming for that."
Second-inning stall:Adonis Garcia's first-inning RBI single provided an early lead for the Braves, who notched three more singles before Maeda recorded the second out of the second inning. But after Mallex Smith's RBI single gave Atlanta a 2-0 lead, Maeda retired 14 of the final 16 batters he faced.
"I would have liked to have kept adding on runs, but they just kind of shut us down there after the [second] inning," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "We had a nice flow going and scored those quick runs."
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Teheran became the first pitcher in Braves franchise history to allow exactly three runs and three hits, each of which was a home run, while completing at least five innings.
Dodgers southpaw Adam Liberatore took over the seventh inning for Maeda and ended the inning perfectly. All but one of his 22 appearances have been scoreless this season, good for a 1.08 ERA.
Braves:Bud Norris will start in place of Mike Foltynewicz when this series resumes on Saturday at 10:10 p.m. ET. Foltynewicz was placed on the disabled list with a bone spur in his right elbow. Norris posted a 8.74 ERA in the five starts he made before being removed from Atlanta's rotation.
Dodgers:Clayton Kershaw, the National League Pitcher of the Month for May, starts on an extra day of rest in the 7:10 p.m. PT game. The lefty, who has 105 strikeouts and only five walks on the season, had a strange no-decision in Atlanta April 21, allowing one run on 10 hits in eight innings of a game the Dodgers won, 2-1, in 10 frames.
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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.
Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.