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Upton slams Braves to win over Dodgers

9:35 PM, May 17, 2013   |    comments
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Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Justin Upton's been used to strolling around the bases by himself this season.

On Friday, his teammates joined and jogged along with him.

Upton smacked a no-doubt, go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning that lifted the Atlanta Braves to an 8-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a three-game set.

Eleven of Upton's 14 homers this year have come via the solo variety. He also added an RBI groundout.

Jason Heyward, who had been sidelined since undergoing an emergency appendectomy on April 22 in Denver, returned to the Braves' lineup and tallied two hits, two runs scored and an RBI for Atlanta, which had dropped five of its previous six contests.

The 23-year-old Heyward came into the tilt hitting just .121 with two home runs and five RBI in 17 games.

Paul Maholm (5-4) surrendered four runs -- two earned -- on eight hits and a walk in six innings, while Craig Kimbrel notched his 12th save after working around a leadoff single in the ninth.

Scott Van Slyke smacked a pair of solo shots for the Dodgers, who had won four of their last five games coming in.

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