Los Angeles's Kershaw drove in pair of runs to help Dodgers beat Braves 4-1
Kershaw (4-5) gave up six hits, struck out eight without a walk and improved to 4-0 in 10 career starts against the Braves.
Kershaw (4-5) gave up six hits, struck out eight without a walk and improved to 4-0 in 10 career starts against the Braves. It was his first career start at SunTrust Park.
Kershaw drove home two runs in the fourth inning to complete a three-run rally, driving in Matt Kemp and Chris Taylor with a two-out single to left. Kershaw also walked three times, making him the first pitcher with three walks and a single since Whitey Ford in 1959 and the first Dodger pitcher with three walks since Don Sutton in 1976.
Kenley Jansen pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, struck out two and earned his league-leading 30th save. It was the seventh time this season he has worked more than one inning.
The win was the second straight for the Dodgers. Atlanta has lost three in a row and is 2-4 since the All-Star break.
The Dodgers continued to bomb away, getting solo home runs from Alex Verdugo (his first) in the third inning and Yasmani Grandal (his 17th) in the fourth.
Los Angeles has 142 homers, including a major-league leading 101 solo shots.
Mike Foltynewicz (7-7) surrendered both home runs and gave up four runs in five innings. The right-hander gave up six hits and three walks, but struck out eight. His ERA rose to 3.04.
The Braves scored their only run in the second inning on Ender Inciarte's infield grounder.
Veteran left-hander Jonny Venters, acquired by Atlanta on Thursday from Tampa Bay for some international slot money, pitched a scoreless inning of relief on Friday in his return debut. The Braves drafted Venters in the 30th round in 2003 and he reached the major leagues with Atlanta in 2010. He was released in November 2014 after requiring a third Tommy John surgery.
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