ATLANTA (AP) - Dodgers infielder Aaron Miles hopes his throwing error on Sunday doesn't cost Clayton Kershaw the NL Cy Young Award.
``We'd like Matty (Kemp) to win the MVP and Kersh to win the Cy Young,' Miles said. ``Those are personal achievements, but they're also team awards because you can't do it without the team playing well behind you.'
Miles' poor throw from third base helped the Atlanta Braves tie it in the seventh inning and Martin Prado's game-ending RBI single sent the Dodgers to a 4-3 loss that snapped their season-high six-game winning streak.
Jose Constanza set up Atlanta's victory with a one-out single off Blake Hawksworth (2-5). He moved to second on a wild pitch and scored easily when Prado's liner landed inside the left-field line.
Craig Kimbrel (4-2) retired the side in order in the top half to get the victory.
The Braves, who began the day with a 7 1/2-game lead in the NL wild-card standings, had just one runner in scoring position through the first six innings against Kershaw.
But Miles' one-out miscue pulled second baseman Justin Sellers off the bag and proved costly for Los Angeles.
The Dodgers had a 3-0 lead when Alex Gonzalez singled and moved to third on Jack Wilson's single. Miles fielded Constanza's hard grounder cleanly, but his wide throw allowed Gonzalez to score and ruined a potential double play.
Wilson and Constanza moved up on a wild pitch and scored on pinch-hitter Brooks Conrad's broken-bat single, tying it at 3.
Kershaw, who was attempting to tie Arizona's Ian Kennedy for the NL lead with his 18th victory, allowed three runs, two earned, and 10 hits in seven innings. He struck out 10 and walked none.
Kershaw threw 84 of 115 pitches for strikes in his first career start at Turner Field. The left-hander was 4-0 with a sparkling 0.58 ERA in his previous four outings.
``I definitely felt like I had good stuff, some of the better stuff I've had all year,' Kershaw said. ``I had command of all three pitches. In the seventh, I left some (pitches) up. Wilson was a hanger and with Gonzalez I got behind in the count.'
Kemp went deep for the Dodgers, hitting a three-run drive with two out in the third for his 32nd homer.
Randall Delgado, the third rookie starting pitcher used by Atlanta in the series, gave up three runs and four hits in five innings.
The Dodgers put runners on first and second with no outs in the seventh, but Cristhian Martinez struck out James Loney and Kemp and got Juan Rivera to fly out to end the threat.
The Braves, who avoided getting swept in a three-game series for the first time this season, wondered early if Kershaw would give them a chance to win.
``He's stingy,' Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ``He ain't giving up that many runs. We pulled one off.'
Miles blamed himself for the loss.
With the Dodgers 14 games behind Atlanta in the wild-card race, Miles believes the team would gain some satisfaction if Kershaw receives the Cy Young Award and Kemp the MVP.
``If they win, we feel like we did our part in helping them win,' Miles said. ``It's just one reason that it's hitting a little bit hard right now.'
NOTES: Sellers stayed in the game after Delgado hit him on the right wrist in the third inning. ... Loney went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. He was hitting .463 over his previous 54 at_bats. ... A victory would've given Los Angeles its first three-game sweep in Atlanta since 1984. ... Los Angeles RHP Hiroki Kuroda will try to extend his career-high winning streak to five starts Monday at Washington.
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