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|Sunday, 20 April 2008 11:21|
The Braves gave up a total of only three runs in defeating the Dodgers three times. Atlanta's last sweep over Los Angeles came in a three-game set in April 2000.
Atlanta won its fourth in a row overall despite losing third baseman Chipper Jones because of a strained right quadriceps. He originally hurt himself April 9 at Colorado.
Jones extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a third-inning single and doubled in the fifth. He slid late into second base and was slow to return to his feet, and there was no immediate word on Jones' status.
Jurrjens (2-2) gave up three hits and three walks, and struck out a career-high eight. Russell Martin homered in the fourth inning for the Dodgers' only run.
Kelly Johnson homered in the fifth off Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda (1-2). Kuroda gave up seven hits with four walks in six innings but allowed only two runs.
Reds 4, Brewers 3, 10 innings
CINCINNATI (AP) - Edwin Encarnacion and Paul Bako hit consecutive homers off Eric Gagne in the 10th inning, and Ken Griffey Jr. followed with a run-scoring single that gave Cincinnati the victory.
The Reds won for only the second time in their last nine games.
Encarnacion helped the Brewers pull ahead 3-1 in the top of the 10th with his sixth fielding error, booting a grounder as he hurried to try to start a double play. Jared Burton (1-1) let in a run with a wild pitch, and J.J. Hardy singled home another.
Gagne (1-1) gave up Encarnacion's second solo homer of the game and Bako's first homer of the season to open the bottom half. He left after walking Scott Hatteberg.
Brandon Phillips had a one-out infield single off Salomon Torres, and Griffey singled over the head of right fielder Corey Hart to end it.
The Brewers had been 4-0 in extra innings.
Marlins 6, Nationals 1
MIAMI (AP) - Scott Olsen allowed only three hits in seven innings and Hanley Ramirez hit two home runs for Florida.
Olsen (3-0) gave up one run, won his third start in a row and lowered his ERA to 2.60. Last year the left-hander went 10-15 with an ERA of 5.81, highest of any pitcher in the National League with at least 162 innings.
Washington's Odalis Perez pitched six innings but remained winless despite allowing only one run, which was unearned. Ramirez homered near the 434-foot sign in center field on the first pitch from reliever Luis Ayala (0-1) to start the seventh, breaking a 1-1 tie.
Ramirez added a two-run homer to center in the eighth - the first home run allowed by Saul Rivera since April 24, 2007.
Austin Kearns homered for the Nationals.