<
>

Rapid Reaction: Braves 4, Dodgers 3

ATLANTA -- And then there were two?

The Los Angeles Dodgers are down to two remaining healthy starting pitchers from their season-opening rotation, it would appear. Brett Anderson left Tuesday night's 4-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves with an ankle injury, likely adding impetus to the Dodgers' search for a starting pitcher on the trade market.

The Dodgers feared this would happen all season long. When they signed Anderson to a one-year, $10 million deal in December, he had spent more time on the disabled list than on an active roster since 2010, the last season he pitched as many as 100 innings.

Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke are the only remaining healthy starters from the group that opened the season for the Dodgers.

How it happened: Anderson injured his left Achilles tendon while awkwardly lunging off the mound and bending for Jonny Gomes' chopper in the third inning. After calling out trainers, Anderson quickly walked off the field. Not only was that bad news for a Dodgers rotation already burdened by injuries, it was more work for a bullpen that will be stretched in this series. Brandon Beachy had gone only four innings the day before and Wednesday starter Mike Bolsinger has pitched six full innings just once since June 8.

The Dodgers' righty-heavy lineup did some damage against left-hander Alex Wood, with Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig launching solo home runs, but like Monday, they couldn't quite keep up as Atlanta kept adding runs against the soft part of the Dodgers' bullpen. The signs of life from Puig, however, are encouraging. He has emerged from a pre-All-Star break funk to go 6-for-20 with five RBIs on this trip. He lined out hard to left field in the eighth inning.

The Dodgers continued to show their frustrations with umpires. Manager Don Mattingly was ejected for arguing with umpire James Hoye in the eighth inning. Turner objected to Hoye's call on a 3-and-0 pitch before he bounced out to second.

What it means: The Dodgers' starting pitching is becoming a mess and their ability to land help before the July 31 trade deadline could make or break this season.

Notable: Reliever Chin-Hui Tsao looks like he has a shot to revive his career with the Dodgers. He pitched 1⅓ innings in relief of Anderson, striking out two, and has given the Dodgers solid production at times. Before this season, he hadn't pitched in the majors since 2007 and had been banned in Taiwan because of his involvement in a game-fixing scandal. … Juan Uribe has been a thorn in his old team's side. Uribe was on base safely three times, including a double off Anderson. … Catcher Austin Barnes and third baseman Turner collided while fielding an infield pop-up near the plate in the fourth inning. … Mattingly said Carl Crawford will get his first start since April in Wednesday's afternoon game. Crawford was activated from the 60-day disabled list before Tuesday's game. He missed 75 games with a torn oblique muscle in his right side.

Up next: The Dodgers will be swept for the first time since mid-May unless they can salvage Wednesday afternoon's series finale, which starts at 12:10 p.m. ET. Mike Bolsinger (4-3, 3.04 ERA) goes for the Dodgers, who will face Braves right-hander Julio Teheran (6-4, 4.53 ERA).