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Braves even series vs. Dodgers
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Atlanta Braves starter Derek Lowe works in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday in Atlanta. - photo by Associated Press
ATLANTA — Derek Lowe pitched six innings in his first game against Los Angeles since he signed with Atlanta in the offseason, leading the Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Dodgers on Saturday.Lowe (11-7) allowed three runs and five hits to win his fourth straight decision. The right-hander went 54-48 over four seasons with the Dodgers before agreeing to a $60 million, four-year contract with the Braves in January.Adam LaRoche had two hits and scored the tying run in the sixth in his return to Atlanta following Friday's trade from Boston. Chipper Jones went 2 for 4 with two RBIs.Andre Ethier's 22nd homer gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead in the sixth. Ethier also homered and drove in four runs in Los Angeles' 5-0 win over the Braves on Friday night.The Braves responded in the bottom half. LaRoche singled and advanced to second on catcher Russell Martin's errant pickoff throw with two out. Diory Hernandez and pinch-hitter Greg Norton had RBI singles to put Atlanta in front.Randy Wolf (5-6) gave up four runs and nine hits in six innings for the Dodgers. He struck out seven and walked two.LaRoche played for Atlanta from 2004-06 and was with the Pittsburgh Pirates when he was dealt to the Red Sox on July 22.The first baseman made it to Turner Field just in time for the start after his flight from Boston was delayed by a bomb scare at LaGuardia Airport in New York. He arrived carrying a Red Sox bag, prompting Jones to say "Wow! Five whole days there and they give you a bag already."The Braves had second baseman Martin Prado back in the lineup after he was limited by a bruised left ankle to one at-bat as a pinch hitter on Friday night. Outfielder Ryan Church (sore elbow) and shortstop Yunel Escobar (bruised right wrist) did not play.NOTES: The Braves optioned 1B Barbaro Canizares to Triple-A Gwinnett to make room for LaRoche. ... RHP Tim Hudson said the upper hamstring injury that prevented him from making his rehab start with Gwinnett on Friday night is not serious. The Braves initially said Hudson suffered a mild groin injury. ... Dodgers RHP Ronald Belisario (strained right elbow) threw 20 pitches to hitters before batting practice and could begin a minor league rehab stint next week.