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MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers 6, Atlanta 2

Aug. 18, 2012 at 10:22 PM   |   Comments

ATLANTA, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Hanley Ramirez, James Loney and Luis Cruz hit consecutive homers in the second inning Saturday and the Los Angeles Dodgers bested Atlanta 6-2.

The back-to-back-to-back solo shots came in a span of four pitches by Braves starter Ben Sheets (4-3). It was the first time the Dodgers have hit three consecutive homers since 2007.

Ramirez added a three-run shot in the sixth to finish with four RBI.

The four homers were the only hits Los Angeles had in the game.

Aaron Harang (9-7) collected the victory, striking out eight over 6 2/3 innings while yielding just one run on four hits. The right-hander overcame five walks.

Kenley Jansen picked up his 25th save for the second-place Dodgers, who came into the contest trailing the San Francisco Giants by one-half game in the National League West.

Sheets surrendered the six runs in six innings.

Martin Prado homered for the National League wild card-leading Braves, whose four-game winning streak was snapped.

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