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Wednesday, August 13 (All times Eastern)

Los Angeles Dodgers (69-52) at Atlanta Braves (60-59), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Hyun-Jin Ryu (13-5, 3.21) Atlanta - Ervin Santana (11-6, 3.69)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Lost in all of the Clayton Kershaw hoopla for the Los Angeles Dodgers has been Hyun-Jin Ryu.

The left-handed Ryu is silently clinging to a 13-5 record and a 3.21 earned run average and will try to lead the Dodgers to a series win when they play the third test of a four-game series Wednesday against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.

Los Angeles has won Ryu's last five starts and the South Korean is 4-0 in that stretch. Ryu tossed seven shutout innings and allowed two hits his last time out in a 7-0 win at the LA Angels. He has lasted six or more innings in each of his previous five outings.

Ryu has been dominant on the road this season as evidenced by a 9-2 mark and 2.61 ERA in 12 outings and has no record in two career starts against Atlanta.

The NL West-leading Dodgers won their third straight game with Tuesday's 4-2 decision over the Braves and were led by Dan Haren, who fired six innings of one-run ball to stay on track and struck out seven batters with one walk.

"You get to this point in the season ... and you just want to win," said Haren, who has won back-to-back starts after losing five in a row.

Kenley Jensen posted his 33rd save and Carl Crawford recorded three hits and a run scored. Darwin Barney and Matt Kemp had an RBI apiece for the Dodgers, who are an NL-best 69-52 and sit six games ahead of San Francisco for the NL West lead. The Dodgers have won 13 of the past 18 games and are 39-25 on the road.

Atlanta has lost 11 of its last 13 games to fall five games behind Washington for the NL East lead.

Mike Minor was dealt the loss for the Braves last night and allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings. B.J. Upton homered and Justin Upton drove in a run for Atlanta, which is 2-3 on a 10-game homestand.

"We're working hard ... but we're not getting many results," Braves third baseman Chris Johnson said. "We just can't figure it out right now."

The Braves are still without shortstop Andrelton Simmons because of an ankle issue and could return soon, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.

"He's getting close," Gonzalez said.

Simmons said he is "ready to go" and is batting .249 with five homers and 36 RBI this season. He hasn't played since last Tuesday at Seattle.

Ervin Santana will try to pitch the Braves back on track Wednesday and he has an 11-6 mark with a 3.69 ERA this season. Santana is 4-0 in his last five starts and 6-1 in his past seven decisions. He survived a 7-6 win over Washington on Friday and allowed four runs in six innings.

Santana has pitched well at home this season, going 8-2 in 11 starts, and is 4-4 with a 3.27 ERA in eight career starts against the Dodgers. In 16 starts at night, the right-hander is 8-4.

Los Angeles swept a three-game series with the Braves in late July and has won seven of the last nine meetings between the two ballclubs.

08/13 10:55:21 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
2nd Intermission
CAR 1
MIN 1
 
4th
CHA 77
TOR 71
 
Final
STL 5
HOU 2
 
Final
BOS 3
MIA 5
 
Final
TAM 2
MIN 1
 
Final
PHI 1
NYY 4
 
Final
ATL 8
WAS 9
 
Final
TOR 5
BAL 4
 
Final
NYM 5
DET 4
Final
SDP 5
CWS 0
 
Final
CHC 2
CIN 5
 
Final
CLE 9
KAN 11
 
Final
MIL 1
LOS 10
 
Final
TEX 3
SFG 12
 
Final
LOS 7
SEA 4
 
Final
ANA 3
COL 0
 
Final
ARI 2
OAK 7
 
5th
NYY 0
PIT 3
 
3rd
IND 61
CHI 56
 
3rd
WAS 86
MIA 60
 
3rd
ORL 89
SAC 77
 
4th
CHA 77
TOR 71
 
3rd
PHI 52
UTA 55
 
2nd
ATL 53
CLE 43
 
2nd
NOP 29
BOS 38
 
2nd
HOU 29
DET 25
 
2nd
MEM 28
LAL 21
 
2nd
BRK 21
PHO 21
 
8:30pm Tonight
SAN
DEN
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
DAL
Final
MVSU 75
ARKPB 94
 
Final
CSOU 60
LONG 68
 
Final
WICHS 56
SILL 45
Final
RAD 66
WINT 67
 
Final
ILLST 71
EVAN 67
Final
HIGH 71
GWEBB 72
 
Final
UNCG 81
SAMF 76
 
Final
ELON 74
TOWS 69
 
2nd
KSU 57
AKR 59
 
2nd
BUF 51
BGU 52
 
2nd
DART 50
BRO 61
 
2nd
WMICH 53
CMICH 44
 
2nd
PENN 38
CLMB 30
 
2nd
PRIN 57
CORN 50
 
2nd
OU 56
ILLCH 55
 
2nd
OHIO 87
UMO 63
 
2nd
BST 38
NILL 38
 
2nd
EMICH 62
TOL 46
 
2nd
NIOWA 61
BRAD 39
 
Half
MURST 43
MORE 32
 
8:00pm Tonight
CCAR
UNCA
 
1st
HARV 15
YALE 17
 
8:30pm Tonight
DREX
COC
1st
CITA 2
FUR 6
 
9:00pm Tonight
USF
PAC
9:00pm Tonight
BAY
TTU
9:30pm Tonight
EKENT
BEL
9:30pm Tonight
CLST
DET
9:35pm Tonight
INDST
LOYC
11:30pm Tonight
SCU
LMU
2nd
NJD 1
CLB 3
 
2nd Intermission
CAR 1
MIN 1
 
2nd
OTT 1
BUF 2
 
2nd
DET 2
CAL 1
 
1st
CHI 0
EDM 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
PIT