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"This is definitely the most special," said Ellis when asked where this ranks among all the hits in his career. "The team kept giving me chances to drive somebody in and finally on my third try, I was able to get it done."
Los Angeles, though, tied the game in the fourth. A Troy Glaus error and singles from Loney and Matt Kemp loaded the bases with one out. DeWitt then hit an RBI single to center before Ellis grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Atlanta used a three-run top of the fifth to take a 4-1 lead. Prado led off with a homer to left. Heyward worked a one-out walk and crossed the plate on McCann's blast to right.
The Dodgers responded with three runs of their own in the home half to tie the contest again. Furcal belted a one-out, solo homer to right. Jamey Carroll reached first on Infante's fielding error and Andre Ethier doubled. Loney cleared the bases with a base hit up the middle.
Los Angeles stranded a runner at third in the eighth, but Atlanta did the same in the ninth.
The Braves also left men on second and third in the 10th.
"They're all tough to lose. We had the lead but couldn't keep it," said Braves manager Bobby Cox about the defeat. "We had a hundred opportunities to win the game, a lot more than they did, but we couldn't get the big hit."
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