Spot Starter Lifts Braves Past Los Angeles

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Saturday April 19, 2008
ATLANTA (AP) -- Chuck James did a good impression of Tom Glavine.
Just hours after coming back from the minors, James allowed one
run in five innings and the Atlanta bullpen shut down the Dodgers
the rest of the way, leading the Braves past Los Angeles 4-1 today
for their third straight victory.

Mark Teixeira's two-run single highlighted a four-run fifth that
accounted for all the Atlanta scoring and handed James (1-1) the
win. James was recalled from Triple-A Richmond on Friday night after
Glavine went on the disabled list for the first time in his 22-year
career. James caught a 6 a.m. flight from Richmond and landed about
eight hours before his first pitch.

Andruw Jones, the longtime Braves center fielder now playing for
the Dodgers, showed signs of breaking out of his slump. He hit a
towering drive deep into the left-field seats in the second, his
first homer for Los Angeles.

Otherwise, James was in command. The slender lefty allowed four
hits, walked one and struck out two before giving way to the Braves
bullpen. Jorge Campillo pitched two scoreless innings, Blaine Boyer
went one and Manny Acosta worked the ninth for his first career
save.

Chipper Jones didn't go deep after hitting two homers in each of
the two previous games, but the Braves third baseman did extend his
hitting streak to 11 games with a third-inning single.

Chad Billingsley (0-3) matched his career high with nine
strikeouts and breezed through the first four innings. But it all
fell apart for the Los Angeles starter after he fanned pinch-hitter
Brayan Pena leading off the fifth. Kelly Johnson walked, Yunel Escobar singled to left and Jones walked to load the bases. Teixeira then ripped a pitch the opposite way to left, driving in two runs to put the Braves ahead.

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