ATLANTA — Despite matching a career high with 11 strikeouts, Julio Teheran still can’t solve the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Teheran dropped to 0-4 with a 6.07 ERA in four career starts against the Dodgers in a 3-1 loss Wednesday — this despite having not lost at home since last Sept. 19.
“It was a good outing by him,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “It was just unfortunate that we didn’t give him any run support. It might have been his best outing all year and he got an ‘L’ for it, but that’s baseball.”
Atlanta’s offense was no match for Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger, who mixed up his curveball and slider to frustrate the Braves.
Teheran (6-5) struck out seven of the first 10 batters and had the Dodgers guessing through the fourth before struggling with his command in the fifth. The right-hander allowed six hits, three runs and three walks in seven innings.
“The whole game I felt really good,” Teheran said. “You can see the number of strikeouts I had. Everything was working today.”
With Teheran elevating his pitches in the three-run fifth, Yasmani Grandal led off with a double that right fielder Nick Markakis appeared to misjudge.
Grandal came home from third on a single by Alberto Callaspo, who scored the go-ahead run on a double from Jimmy Rollins. Joc Pederson’s single made it 3-1.
Atlanta, despite having won 10 of 15 at Turner Field, has dropped eight of 11 overall.
Having used their bullpen for 9 1-3 innings in first two games of the series, the NL West-leading Dodgers were hoping Bolsinger would pitch past the sixth for the first time in his last eight starts.
Los Angeles avoided its first three-game losing streak since June 15-17 against Texas.
Bolsinger (5-3) commanded his curveball well enough to retire 14 straight batters before a two-out walk of A.J. Pierzynski in the seventh. The right-hander allowed three hits and a run with a walk and four strikeouts in seven innings.
“He just changes speeds and makes it tough on a hitter,” Pierzynski said. “Changes motion, changes the tempo of his motion. He’d pause. He wouldn’t pause. He was just trying to mess up your timing. He was good today.”
Kenley Jansen pitched around a leadoff walk to Cameron Maybin in the ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances, getting strikeouts of Kelly Johnson and pinch-hitter Juan Uribe to end the game.
Atlanta took a 1-0 lead in the third on Maybin’s RBI groundout.
Teheran picked off Grandal at second base to end the second after Gonzalez successfully challenged to have the play overturned. Second-base umpire John Hirschbeck initially ruled that Grandal beat shortstop Andrelton Simmons’ tag. The review lasted just 56 seconds.
Dodgers: Manager Don Mattingly doesn’t anticipate that RHP Brett Anderson will need to go on the disabled list after irritating his left Achilles tendon and leaving Tuesday’s 4-3 loss in the third inning. Mattingly said it’s too early to tell if Anderson will make his next scheduled start Sunday at the Mets.
Braves: 1B Freddie Freeman, on the disabled list with a right wrist contusion, has arrived at the team’s spring training facility in Florida to continue taking live batting practice. Freeman has missed 29 games with the injury. Gonzalez said that Freeman might be ready to return during the four-game series that begins July 30 at Philadelphia.
Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-6), last year’s NL MVP and a three-time Cy Young Award winner, is 5-0 with a 1.58 ERA in eight career starts against the Mets, the opponent in Thursday’s opener of a four-game series in New York.
Braves: LHP Manny Banuelos (1-0) will make his third career start when Atlanta visits St. Louis on Friday.