ATLANTA Here are three things we learned from the Braves' 8-5 win over the Dodgers, a back-and-forth game that ultimately turned on a single power stroke:
1. Justin Upton apparently loves playing in the Braves' alternate reds
On April 5, the first Friday of the season, the Upton brothers made MLB history by becoming the first sibling pair to belt homers in the ninth inning of the same game with B.J. tying the score against the Cubs ... and Justin ending it with a walk-off blast.
Fast forward to this Friday night, the sixth inning specifically, as Justin Upton strode to the plate with the Braves down 4-2 and the bases loaded the product of a Jordan Schafer pinch-hit single, a Dodgers infield error and a walk to Jason Heyward.
Justin Upton, who was traded to the Braves (23-18) during the winter, attacked Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez from the get-go, fouling off the first pitch with a violent swing.
Just missed it.
"The first one, I got a pretty good gauge," recalled Upton...