Hong-Chih Kuo closes but will it last?

Reliever steps up to preserve a 2-1 win, but it's uncertain how often Torre will use him

Updated: August 15, 2010, 3:06 AM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

ATLANTA -- In his first appearance as the Los Angeles Dodgers' primary closer, a role that allegedly is his only temporarily, Hong-Chih Kuo looked good in the box score, retiring all three of the Atlanta Braves batters he faced and striking out two of them to preserve a 2-1 Dodgers victory before a sellout crowd of 49,267 on Saturday night at Turner Field.

Although Kuo needed 20 pitches to do it, starting all three batters off with balls and going to a full count on each of his strikeout ...

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