Prado, Costanza help Braves edge Dodgers

Prado, Costanza help Braves edge Dodgers

September 4th, 2011 by Associated Press in Local Regional News

ATLANTA - Martin Prado hit a game-ending RBI single in the ninth inning and the Atlanta Braves snapped the Los Angeles Dodgers' six-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory on Sunday.

The Braves avoided getting swept in a three-game series for the first time this season.

Jose Costanza set up the win with a one-out single off Blake Hawksworth (2-5). Costanza moved to second on a wild pitch and scored easily when Prado's liner landed inside the left-field line.

Craig Kimbrel (4-2) retired the side in order in the top half to get the victory.

The Braves, who began the day with a 7 1/2-game lead in the NL wild-card standings, had just one runner in scoring position through the first six innings against Clayton Kershaw.

But third baseman Aaron Miles' one-out throwing error in the seventh proved costly for Los Angeles.

The Dodgers had a 3-0 lead when Alex Gonzalez singled and moved to third on Jack Wilson's single. Miles fielded Costanza's hard grounder cleanly, but his wide throw allowed Gonzalez to score and ruined a potential double play.

Wilson and Costanza moved up on a wild pitch and scored on Brooks Conrad's broken-bat single, tying it at 3.

Kershaw, who was attempting to tie Arizona's Ian Kennedy for the NL lead with his 18th victory, allowed three runs, two earned, and 10 hits in seven innings. He struck out 10 and walked none.

Kershaw threw 84 of 115 pitches for strikes in his first career start at Turner Field. The left-hander was 4-0 with a sparkling 0.58 ERA in his previous four outings.

Matt Kemp went deep for the Dodgers, hitting a three-run drive with two out in the third for his 32nd homer.

Randall Delgado, the third rookie starting pitcher used by Atlanta in the series, gave up three runs and four hits in five innings.