By Austin Laymance and Joshua Thornton
LOS ANGELES -- The Braves crashed the party at Dodger Stadium on Thursday night with a 6-3 victory, snapping the Dodgers' 11-game win streak. It was just Los Angeles' fifth loss in its last 36 games.
Freddie Freeman had two hits and two RBIs, while Kurt Suzuki added a two-run homer to back a strong start from Mike Foltynewicz, as the Braves ended their three-game skid. Foltynewicz allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings, striking out five. The Braves right-hander has gone 5-0 in his last nine starts, striking out 51 and walking 21, while posting a 3.33 ERA and limiting opponents to a .248 average.
"He was on the attack," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "It looked like a lot of confidence in what he was doing, the ball was coming out of his hand good. It was just really a nice aggressive outing."
Playing in front of their home crowd for the first time in 11 days, the MLB-best Dodgers took their first loss at Chavez Ravine since June 26 against the Angels, and their first against a National League opponent at home since June 6 vs. the Nationals. It was also their first loss since July 2 in San Diego.
"It's a weird feeling," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "It's different. Even to that last out, I thought we were going to find a way to win the game. But I guess we have got to start another one tomorrow."
McCarthy has a 7.64 ERA over his last four outings, and Roberts said his next start is "to be determined." McCarthy has dealt with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand since Spring Training, and it appeared again Thursday. However, the right-hander said it's not the reason for his recent struggles.
"The blister has been since spring, it just hasn't ever gone away," McCarthy said. "There's no correlation, positive or negative. Command the last few, things have gotten really sloppy, and mechanics have been really shoddy, and this week, we really went to work trying to clean it up. Oddly enough, I feel happy with what happened today, outside of the results."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Instant offense: The Braves got to McCarthy for two runs in the first, as four of the first five batters had hits. Ender Inciarte led off with a single, then scored on a one-out single by Freeman. Matt Kemp followed with another single, and Matt Adams ripped a double to score Freeman.
Camargo seals the deal: Dodgers pinch-hitter Trayce Thompson stepped to the plate representing the tying run in the bottom of the ninth, and with runners on second and third, he lifted a shallow popup into right. But Braves rookie second baseman Johan Camargo made an over-the-shoulder catch for the final out.
"That was a helluva play, wasn't it?" Snitker said. "That's just kind of willing yourself to catch that ball, it looked like to me. That's a huge play."
"[Suzuki's] homer was big. Some good at-bats early in the game. Just started the game off, first inning, scoring those two runs is big to jump out on top and give [Foltynewicz] a little cushion. It's kind of like one of those teams you don't want to stop scoring, that's for sure, because they're so dangerous." --- Snitker, on the Braves performance
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
With the Dodgers' loss, the 2013 Braves remain the most recent NL club to win at least 12 games in a row, as they won 14 straight from July 26-Aug. 9 that year.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
In the eighth, Suzuki singled to left field and Adams hustled from second, trying to score and forcing a close play at the plate. Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor gunned down Adams, nailing him with a 92.6-mph throw from 225 feet, according to Statcast™. However, the Braves challenged the call after Adams collided with Grandal, citing a lane violation. After a review, the call was confirmed, and Adams was out.
"He's helped me out a couple times," Taylor said of Grandal. "He got that one. He's really good back there."
PHILLIPS EXITS WITH INJURY
Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips exited after the top of the sixth with right hamstring tightness. Camargo moved from shortstop to second, and Dansby Swanson entered at shortstop. Phillips, who went 1-for-3 with a triple, is day to day. More >
WHAT'S NEXT Braves: Lefty Jaime Garcia (2-2, 4.61 ERA) is scheduled to start, although a reported trade that would send him to the Twins may happen before Friday's 10:10 p.m. ET game. Aaron Blair was scratched from his scheduled start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday, so he may start should the Garcia trade get finalized.
Dodgers:Alex Wood takes the mound for the Dodgers on Friday at 7:10 p.m. PT against the Braves, as the left-hander looks to become the first pitcher in the club's modern history to start a season 12-0. Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg are the only pitchers in the past 31 years to achieve that feat.