published Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Dodgers ignore turmoil, beat Braves 6-1

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Jon Garland delivers against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 20, 2011, in Los Angeles. Garland pitched a complete game and the Dodgers won 6-1. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Jon Garland delivers against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 20, 2011, in Los Angeles. Garland pitched a complete game and the Dodgers won 6-1. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers capped a tumultuous day with a 6-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night, getting a four-hitter from Jon Garland on rookie manager Don Mattingly's 50th birthday.

Major League Baseball announced earlier Wednesday that it was assuming control of the Dodgers, a team increasingly paralyzed by its owners' bitter divorce. Commissioner Bud Selig told Frank McCourt he will appoint a MLB representative to oversee all aspects of the business and the day-to-day operations of the club.

The players didn't seem to be bothered by the turmoil one bit.

Juan Uribe broke out of a severe slump with four RBIs in the first two innings, and Andre Ethier had three hits, including his 100th career homer.

Ethier extended his hitting streak to a major league-best 17 games — the longest by a Dodger since Matt Kemp's 19-game stretch in 2008.

Garland (1-1) struck out four and walked two in his second start of the season after missing the first 13 games with a strained oblique muscle. The right-hander threw 108 pitches and gave up his only run in the third on Martin Prado's sacrifice fly.

It was Garland's 11th career complete game and first since Aug. 2, 2009, when he tossed a seven-hitter for Arizona in a 5-2 win at the New York Mets. The two-time All-Star signed a one-year, $5 million contract with Los Angeles over the winter after going 14-12 with a 3.47 ERA last year with San Diego.

Derek Lowe (2-3) started for Atlanta on three days' rest and lasted three innings, giving up five runs and nine hits. The former Dodgers right-hander came in with a 1.82 ERA.

The Braves, who have allowed 19 first-inning runs in their first 19 games, fell behind 2-0 on Uribe's two-out single. The hit scored Casey Blake and Ethier, who reached on ground-rule double into the left-field corner.

Lowe walked Garland with one out in the second and gave up a hit-and-run single by Blake before Ethier drove in the Dodgers' third run with a broken-bat single. Kemp reached on an infield hit and Uribe made it 5-0 with another two-run single.

Uribe came in batting .183 with just three RBIs in his first 60 at-bats.

Ethier, who hit a career-high 31 homers in 2009 and dropped off to 28 last season, got his second of the year with two out in the fourth against Christhian Martinez. It ended a stretch of 53 2-3 innings by Braves pitchers without allowing a home run.

NOTES: The game was played in a crisp 2 hours and 17 minutes. ... The Dodgers are 602-551 in the regular season since McCourt and then-wife Jamie bought the club from the Fox Group on Jan. 29, 2004, marking the third ownership change for a franchise that has been in business since 1890. They made it to the NL championship series in 2008 and 2009 after obtaining Manny Ramirez from Boston, but still owe the retired slugger $8.3 million this season and the same amount in each of the next two. ... Braves 3B Chipper Jones has no RBIs in his last four games, after getting at least one in each of his previous five.

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