Around baseball: Mattingly’s venom rallies Dodgers

Thursday May 23, 2013 6:54 AM
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David Goldman | Associated Press
Rookie Evan Gattis, center, hit a grand slam to send the Braves to an 8-3 win over the Twins.

Dodgers 9, Brewers 2: Manager Don Mattingly criticized his team and benched All-Star right fielder Andre Ethier yesterday, then watched Los Angeles beat host Milwaukee.

Mattingly, in the third and final year of his contract, discussed the Dodgers’ lack of mental toughness and said he wanted a balanced team that has grit and fight. He benched Ethier for the third time in six games and said he was “putting out my lineup that I feel is going to be the most competitive and going to compete the hardest.”

Carl Crawford and Scott Van Slyke had two RBI apiece and Ramon Hernandez hit his first home run with the Dodgers, who took two of three from the Brewers but remain in last place in the National League West. Hyun-Jin Ryu (5-2) allowed two runs and six hits in a season-high 71/3 innings.

Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta (3-5) gave up six runs — four earned —and seven hits in 12/3 innings.

YESTERDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS

Braves 8, Twins 3: Evan Gattis kept up an amazing rookie season with his first grand slam and host Atlanta finished off a sweep of Minnesota to stretch its winning streak to six games.

With the Braves leading 4-0, Gattis struck less than 24 hours after a two-out, pinch-hit homer in the ninth allowed Atlanta to pull out a 5-4 win in extra innings. He launched an opposite-field drive just inside the right-field pole for his 10th home run.

Orioles 6, Yankees 3: Chris Davis went 4 for 4, including his American League-leading 14th homer, and Matt Wieters hit a three-run homer for host Baltimore. Nick Markakis added a solo home run for the Orioles, who took two of three in the series to pull within three games of first-place New York in the AL East.

Pirates 1, Cubs 0: Francisco Liriano (3-0) continued his torrid start, scattering two hits over seven innings for host Pittsburgh, which has won 10 of its past 12 games. Andrew McCutchen doubled twice for the Pirates and scored the only run on an RBI single by Garrett Jones in the first.

Blue Jays 4, Rays 3, 10 innings: Jose Bautista homered twice and drove in the winning run with a single for host Toronto. He went 4 for 4 with a walk and four RBI.

Nationals 2, Giants 1, 10 innings: Ian Desmond singled in Bryce Harper in the 10th inning, helping Washington avoid a three-game road series sweep. Harper hit his 12th homer in the sixth.

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