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ATL@ARI: Beachy pitches 7 1/3 scoreless innings

On Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, it'll be a battle of the minuscule ERAs.

That's because right-hander Brandon Beachy, who has a 0.47 ERA, will take the hill for the Braves, while left-hander Ted Lilly, who has a 0.69 ERA, will get the nod for the Dodgers in the rubber game of the three-game series.

Lilly is 5-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 10 career starts against Atlanta and hasn't lost to the club since June 2003.

Against the the Astros on Friday, Lilly got his second win of the season, tossing six innings and giving up one run on four hits.

"Teddy's been good," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "He's sharper this year than last year. His velocity is up, his breaking ball is better, he's down in the zone. He was really good in the second half, but he just took a while to get going. This year he's been sharper."

Meanwhile, Beachy will try to build off spectacular back-to-back outings in which he gave up just one run on seven hits in 14 1/3 innings.

Getting wins in both contests, he tossed seven innings against the Brewers on April 15 and 7 1/3 innings against the D-backs on Friday. Before those two starts, Beachy lasted at least seven innings in just three careers starts.

Such changes are due to the right-hander being more aggressive in the strike zone and avoiding high early pitch counts.

"I'm going deeper into games," he said. "I'm not striking out as many guys. I'm finding myself in situations where I'd like to put them away, but my off-speed stuff has not been as sharp as I'd like it to be. I think that will come.

"I'm definitely thinking I want this pitch to be over the plate and to force his hand. That's something that was very rarely in my thought process in the past."

Braves: Chipper in lineup to celebrate 40th birthday
• Chipper Jones' surgically repaired left knee improved enough for him to return to the lineup on Tuesday, his 40th birthday. It was his first time in the lineup since Saturday. He went 1-for-3 with a solo home run.

"I've got a ton of friends out there, both inside and outside the game that thought enough to say happy birthday," Jones said. "It was really appreciated. I can't wait to get home. I got a message from my four boys this morning. I miss them. Hopefully we won't get rained out [on Wednesday] because my wife has a rather elaborate birthday party planned for Thursday."

• Randall Delgado will remain in Atlanta's rotation and make his next start on Saturday after Jair Jurrjens' demotion to Triple-A.

Dodgers: Guerrier put on DL
• Reliever Matt Guerrier was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday because of right elbow flexor tendinitis. Left-hander Michael Antonini was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Guerrier had an MRI, which revealed no issues with the ligament that leads to Tommy John surgery. He also received a platelet-rich plasma injection and will rest for several days, then begin tossing.

Worth noting
• Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario will start a Minor League rehab assignment next week and is eligible to return from a 25-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy on May 4.

• Tim Hudson completed his Minor League rehab stint while pitching six strong innings for Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday night. Hudson, who underwent back surgery in November, will rejoin Atlanta's rotation on Sunday or Monday. The Braves will allow him to decide. If he chooses Sunday, Mike Minor will start Monday's game with an extra day of rest. Comments