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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