Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It was just a grind for him today,” Roberts said. “It wasn’t that his stuff wasn’t good. But to see the bullpen pick him up, it was a huge win for us.”Adam Liberatore relieved Stripling and struck out Freddie Freeman on four pitches. J.P. Howell threw 1 2/3 innings without allowing a baserunner, matching his longest outing since July 2013. Chris Hatcher (1 1/3 innings), Yimi Garcia (one inning) and Joe Blanton (one inning) got the ball into extra innings while the Dodger offense did its work. The bullpen retired 19 of the 21 batters it faced.Braves starter Julio Teheran was unusually stifling for 5 1/3 innings, giving up only an RBI single by Joc Pederson among six hits.Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner finally knocked out Teheran with a one-out single in the sixth inning. Left-handed reliever Eric O’Flaherty was summoned to pitch to left-handed slugger Adrian Gonzalez and hung the aforementioned sinker. Gonzalez pounded the pitch just to the right of dead-center field, his second home run of the year tying the game, 3-3.Neither team scored again until the 10th inning when Chase Utley led off with a single against Jason Grilli. Then Utley, as is his custom on the basepaths, noticed something he could use to his advantage.“(Grilli) was pretty slow to the plate,” Utley said. “George made us all aware that he could be slow at times. That time we took advantage of it.”Utley stole second and then scored on a line drive to left-center by Turner. The ball, Turner’s second hit of the night, hung up just long enough for rookie center fielder Mallex Smith to fool himself into attempting a diving catch; it dove just quickly enough for Smith to miss the ball off the end of his glove.“Nobody out, you’ve got to tag in that situation,” Utley said. “That was a tough one. That was a tweener. Worst-case scenario it falls in and maybe you get to third. If he catches it, you’ve got to be on third base. That was kind of the mindset.”Yasmani Grandal provided an insurance run with an RBI single and Kenley Jansen locked down his sixth save in as many chances with a 1-2-3 10th inning.Clayton Kershaw can lift the Dodgers to a series win by beating the Braves on Thursday. Roberts knew he had the luxury of going to his bullpen early because he had the game’s best pitcher ready to start the next game. After its performance Wednesday, the Dodger bullpen could use a day off work. ATLANTA >> A hanging sinker over the inside corner. A stolen base in the 10th inning, followed by a rookie mistake. Six and one-third innings of near perfection by the bullpen.Call it a comeback.The Dodgers were rewarded for their persistence on several fronts Wednesday in a 5-3, 10-inning win over the Atlanta Braves. The win wasn’t particularly emotional or even pretty. The teams combined to commit three errors for the second consecutive night.Yet for the Dodgers it served as a reminder of how a little veteran savvy and a good bullpen can go a long way. “It’s just kind of keeping the line moving,” manager Dave Roberts said, his preferred phrase for multi-faceted efforts like Wednesday’s.The Braves jumped on rookie right-hander Ross Stripling for three runs in a short outing. One of the runs was unearned because it was the result of shortstop Corey Seager’s second error in as many days.Though he fell behind in the count more often than he wanted, Stripling wasn’t overly self-critical after the worst of his three major league starts. He gave up six hits, including five singles, and walked two batters in 3 2/3 innings.“My curveball was great,” Stripling said. “Some of the best ones I threw, they fouled ‘em off. That’s how it goes. These guys are major-league hitters.”When Daniel Castro shot a low curveball to the opposite field with the bases loaded, giving Atlanta a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning, Roberts decided he’d seen enough. Stripling handed the game over to his bullpen after a mere 76 pitches.