ATLANTA -- Gerald Laird hadn't played in five days; Chris Johnson was getting a day off.
But with the bases loaded, the two came in as pinch-hitters, delivering RBI singles -- along with Ramiro Pena -- in a four-run eighth inning as the Braves rallied for a rain-delayed 5-2 win over the Dodgers.
"We've won a lot of games with the long ball but today we put some balls in play," Laird said. "We played small-ball and we were able to get ourselves in a good situation and found some holes out there."
Here are three observations after Atlanta's fourth series sweep of the season and the first over Los Angeles since April 2008.
1. He didn't get the win, but Minor impressed yet again
Early trouble is becoming commonplace for Mike Minor. So too, is how the left-hander is dealing with it.
Minor came in having given up just six hits to left-handed hitters, but he allowed two in the first inning as Carl Crawford hit a lead-off double and three batters la...