Braves win after Dodgers blow lead
By JOHN NADEL
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ryan Langerhans hit a two-out ground-rule double in the eighth to drive in the go-ahead run, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-8 Wednesday night.
Marcus Giles and Edgarodgers, who blew an early 5-0 lead, scored three runs in the seventh to tie the game. The first scored on an error by shortstop Edgar Renteria, and Bill Mueller and Sandy Alomar Jr. followed with RBI singles.
Villareal, who relieved Mike Remlinger and allowed Alomar's single, hit Jason Repko with a pitch to load the bases before retiring pinch hitter Cody Ross and Rafael Furcal.
The Dodgers scored four runs in the first for the second straight game on RBI singles by J.D. Drew and Mueller, a run-scoring double by Alomar and a sacrifice fly by Olmedo Saenz.
Jose Cruz Jr. hit a sacrifice fly in the second to make it 5-0, but the Braves tied it against Odalis Perez in the third on an RBI double by Renteria, a sacrifice fly by Matt Diaz, a run-scoring single by Andruw Jones and a two-run homer by Wilson Betemit.
Atlanta took an 8-5 lead and chased Perez in the fourth, scoring on an RBI single by Renteria, a bases-loaded walk to Jones and a sacrifice fly by Jeff Francouer.
Braves starter Horacio Ramirez allowed eight hits and five runs in three innings. He left in the fourth after straining his left hamstring while running out a bunt single. Perez gave up nine hits and seven runs in three-plus innings.
The Dodgers, who already have Kenny Lofton and Nomar Garciaparra on the disabled list, lost Jeff Kent and Saenz during the game.
Kent was lifted for a pinch hitter in the fourth because of the bruised left triceps he sustained when hit by a pitch in the first, and Saenz came out in the fifth because of a stiff back. Neither injury is believed to be serious.
Atlanta's Chipper Jones was held out of the game because of what manager Bobby Cox called