Braves blow early 1-run lead, lose 6-3 to Dodgers in series opener

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LOS ANGELES — Nick Masset hadn't allowed an earned run in his previous six games this month. Then came the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He allowed four runs on three homers, and the Atlanta Braves lost 6-3 Monday night, ending their two-game winning streak in the opener of a 10-game West Coast trip.

"It was definitely an embarrassment. I feel like I let the team down," Masset said. "I blew the lead and gave us a big fat 'L.'"

"I've had some good battles with these guys before but they put the big swing on it. Sometimes that's the way it goes."

Masset has a 10.71 ERA in 21 career appearances against the Dodgers.

Andre Ethier, Alex Guerrero and Jimmy Rollins each homered in the eighth to help the Dodgers win their fourth straight at home against the Braves and their seventh in eight games against Atlanta since the start of the 2014 season.

Williams Perez allowed one run and seven hits in six innings of his second major league start for the Braves. He struck out seven and walked one.

"I thought I mixed my pitches well," he said through a translator. "I wasn't nervous at the start. I was too excited but I came back and made pitches and got outs."

Ethier got things started, homering to snap a 2-all tie against Masset (0-1). Ethier's bases-loaded walk in the first drove in the Dodgers' initial run.

Pinch-hitter Guerrero sent a 3-1 pitch into the left-field pavilion, scoring A.J. Ellis, who walked, to make it 5-2. With two outs, Rollins homered for a 6-2 lead.

It was the Dodgers' most runs scored since getting six on May 15 against Colorado. They lead the majors with 60 homers.

Adam Liberatore (1-0) got the victory, tossing 11 pitches. Kenley Jansen got three outs in the ninth for his fourth save.

Los Angeles tied it at 2-all in the seventh on Adrian Gonzalez's bases-loaded groundout to the pitcher.

Atlanta took a 2-1 lead in the fifth on Freddie Freeman's RBI single after tying the score 1-all in the fourth on Pedro Ciriaco's RBI single with two outs.

The Dodgers had a chance to extend their lead in the third, but Scott Van Slyke grounded into a double play with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Dodgers starter Brett Anderson gave up two runs and seven hits in seven innings. The left-hander struck out three and walked two.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: INF Alberto Callaspo was scratched before the game and replaced by Ciriaco. ... INF Chris Johnson, recovering from a broken left hand, will play three minor league games before possibly re-joining the team on Thursday in San Francisco.

Dodgers: C Yasmani Grandal, on the seven-day concussion disabled list, will do drill work and be the designated hitter but won't catch during a minor league rehab stint lasting two or three games.

UP NEXT

Braves: Julio Teheran (4-1, 3.91 ERA) starts the middle game of the series. He has yet to beat the Dodgers in two career starts against them.

Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw (2-3, 4.32) already has as many losses as he did all of last season.

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