Former Dodger Takashi Saito, who had to close for Billy Wagner after four appearances in four days by the All-Star lefty, retired the first two batters in the ninth before injuring his left hamstring throwing an 0-1 strike to Russell Martin.
Jonny Venters came on and struck out Martin with his only pitch for his first major league save. After the game, manager Bobby Cox nicknamed him "The vulture."
"I had just gotten up to throw my first warmup pitch and they told me to go out, so the adrenaline kind of took over from there," Venters said. "Bobby told me to throw a slider in the dirt. I did, and fortunately he swung. I just hope Saito's all right."