Dodgers make it look easy behind Garland, Ethier, in 6-1 victory
Then they played the game. And pretty well, too.
The Dodgers received a complete game from Jon Garland in his second start of the season, bountiful offense, played error-less defense and won in a breeze on a pleasant Wednesday night, 6-1, over the Atlanta Braves.
Just the way Frank McCourt envisioned it?
On an historic day that saw Major League Baseball take over the daily operations of the club from McCourt, the Dodgers went out and played like it was just another day at the ballpark. Or at least like one of those winning days.
Andre Ethier led an 11-hit attack with a double and his 100th career home run, extending his career-high hitting to 17 games. Juan Uribe, who had only three RBI on the season, had a pair of two-run singles.
In the second inning, Uribe even managed to give the Dodgers their first hit in nine attempts this season with the bases loaded.
Meanwhile, Garland -- who had been rocked for four runs on nine hits in the four innings of his first start -- gave the Dodgers a highly efficient, and much needed, complete game.
Garland had thrown 83 pitches Friday in his first start since missing the season’s first 13 games with an oblique injury. On this night, he picked up the complete game with an efficient 108 pitches.
The Dodgers jumped out quickly against Braves right-hander Derek Lowe, taking a quick 5-0 lead with two runs in the first and three more in the second.
Lowe left after only four innings, surrendering five runs on nine hits. The former Dodger had allowed only five total runs in his first four starts.
The Dodgers took their record to 9-10 on the season, and 1-0 under MLB.
-- Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Jon Garland delivers a pitch during Wednesday's 6-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times