Bats of Flowers, Smith lead Braves to 4th straight win

ATLANTA (AP) – Tyler Flowers went 4 for 4 and drove in three runs, Mallex Smith had three RBIs and the Atlanta Braves beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-1 on Tuesday night.

The Braves have won four straight after beginning the season 0-9.

Sloppy defense and a poor start by Alex Wood (1-2) doomed Los Angeles, which had three fielding errors, two hit batters, a wild pitch and a passed ball.

Williams Perez, starting on three days’ rest, held the Dodgers hitless before Adrian Gonzalez singled with one out in the fourth, but Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez pulled him after the next batter, Yasiel Puig, singled hard to left.

Ryan Weber took Perez’s place and struck out Howie Kendrick to end a threat with runners on third and first.

Weber (1-0) gave up three hits, one run and struck out four in 3 2/3 innings. He was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday.

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