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Ethier Powers Dodgers Past Braves

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Randy Wolf had trouble getting his curve ball over for a strike and the Dodgers kept leaving baserunners stranded. But they kept at it until Andre Ethier hit his third walk-off homer and fifth walk-off hit for the season to give the Dodgers the 5-4 improbable win over the Atlanta Braves.

“That boy cold,” Matt Kemp yelled out in the clubhouse after the game while the media were gathered around Ethier.

“He’s been incredible in that situation,” manager Joe Torre said. “You put him in a 2-0 count and the game slows down for him. That’s pretty incredible.”

The Braves struck first in the second inning getting two runs off of Wolf. Yunel Escobar hit a double down the right-center field gap and scored on Matt Diaz’s bloop single. Adam LaRoche then grounded a single up the middle to score Diaz. The inning would end when Lowe hit a blooper that Juan Pierre barely caught in a dive.

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In the fourth inning the curve ball started to fail Wolf. The Braves would load the bases with one out off of back-to-back singles by Garret Anderson and Diaz and a walk to LaRoche. Lowe would strike out looking, but Wolf would walk Nate McLouth after getting ahead with a 1-and-2 count scoring Anderson. After a visit to the mound by pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, Wolf got Martin Prado to ground to second.

The cherry of the evening came in the seventh inning when Jones hit a 1-0 pitch to the right centerfield bleachers.

“This is probably by far the best stuff I’ve had all year,” Wolf said of his performance. “It adds to my frustration personally because today I felt great. I definitely felt like I was better than giving up four runs in seven.”

“Wolfie stayed in there, he hung tough,” Torre said. “He had some guys he had trouble with but I thought he pitched well.”