The Los Angeles Dodgers have claimed an early 3-1 lead on the Braves through four innings in Atlanta as Hanley Ramirez, James Loney, and Luis Cruz hit consecutive home runs in the top of the second. It marks the first time the Dodgers have gone "back-to-back-to-back" since June 12, 2007.
The LA power surge came on just four total pitches from Braves' pitcher Ben Sheets in the top of the frame. The rough string for the resurgent Sheets, 4-2 this season after injuries kept him out all of 2011, mark the only hits he has given up in the contest.
The Braves had given Sheets a lead in the first inning when Michael Bourn scored on a Martin Prado double. Before tonight's second inning, Sheets had given up just two home runs in 42.1 innings his season. Ramirez's homer marks his 17th on the year. Loney picks up his fourth, while Cruz collects just his third on the season.
The Dodgers are playing with manager Don Mattingly suspended tonight and tomorrow for an argument and ejection on Thursday in Pittsburgh, and are 1-3 against the Braves this year.
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