Despite struggles, Belisario staying in setup role

Despite struggles, Belisario staying in setup role

ATLANTA -- After overpowering the league en route to a 1.53 ERA in the first half, Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario has a 5.60 ERA since.

But manager Don Mattingly said Belisario is still his eighth-inning setup man.

"I'm already mixing and matching in the seventh," Mattingly said. "Once you start that in the eighth, it's like flipping coins. We know what we're doing in the ninth [Kenley Jansen]. Belly is throwing the ball good."

Mattingly somewhat defended the key matchup in the eighth inning on Friday, when he let Belisario face left-handed hitter Jason Heyward instead of bringing in lefty Randy Choate, and Heyward tied the game with a single.

"He didn't get it where he wanted it," Mattingly said. "He's been hit or miss a little, but he bounced right back."