Wood Wins First As Braves Rout Rockies Tuesday, 11-3.

Braves Increase Lead In NL East Over Nationals To 10 Games

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Freddie Freeman hits two homers.
Freddie Freeman hits two homers.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

While Alex Wood was constructing the finest performance of his young career on Tuesday night, Freddie Freeman extended his dominance against the Rockies with a pair of home runs that allowed the Braves to cruise to an 11-3 victory.

One day after having to overcome an early five-run deficit and Jordan Walden's blown save, the Braves had little trouble notching their fifth consecutive victory.

Freeman began the offensive onslaught with a first-inning solo shot off Juan Nicasio, then capped the fourth multi-homer game of his career with a three-run shot in the seventh off Edgmer Escalona. Freeman has hit 10 homers in 77 career at-bats against the Rockies.

Other key offensive contributions were provided by Brian McCann, who highlighted a six-run, fourth inning with a three-run home run off Nicasio, and Justin Upton, who aided an 14-hit attack with a pair of doubles -- his first two extra-base hits since the All-Star break.

The offense provided more than enough support for Wood, who allowed three earned runs and six hits in seven innings. The effort earned the 22-year-old left-hander his first career victory in what was just his third big league start.

After being hurried into his two previous starts, Wood looked much more comfortable in this outing. He displayed the tremendous potential the Braves saw when they moved him out of their bullpen and sent him to Triple-A Gwinnett to stretch out earlier this month.

Wood retired 14 of the final 17 batters he faced after allowing the Rockies to gain a 3-1 lead on Nolan Arenado's two-run homer in the second inning.

Wood started to show some signs of fatigue when Michael Cuddyer singled and Wilin Rosario doubled with one out in the seventh. But Rosario's double simply allowed Andrelton Simmons to add to the impressive contributions he has made during this homestand.

After fielding Rosario's double off the left-center field wall, Jason Heyward threw the ball to Simmons, who turned and fired a pinpoint laser to the plate that allowed McCann to almost simultaneously catch the throw and tag Cuddyer, who was trying to score from first base.

After totaling two runs through the first three innings, the Braves blew things open in their six-run sixth inning against Nicasio, who entered this start having allowed just one earned run in the previous 19 innings he had completed this month.

--- Source: MLB.com


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