Wood Sharp - Uggla Homers In Braves 4-0 Win Over Houston

Monday, March 17, 2014
After hitting a second inning solo homer, Dan Uggla connected for a triple in the third inning.
After hitting a second inning solo homer, Dan Uggla connected for a triple in the third inning.
- photo by Tim Evearitt
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Dan Uggla hit his third home run of Spring Training in the second inning Monday afternoon and added a two-run triple an inning later to lead the Braves to a 4-0 rain-shortened win over the Astros in five innings at Osceola County Stadium.

Uggla homered to left field against Darin Downs, who started the game and threw his scheduled two innings. The Braves scored three times in the third against left-hander Kevin Chapman, capped by Uggla's two-run triple to right field.

Left-hander Alex Wood started for the Braves and threw five scoreless innings, allowing two hits. He's yet to allow an earned run in four starts.

Chapman, a candidate to close games this year, had not allowed a run in his first four Spring Training appearances.

Downs, who is a reliever, got the start for the Astros after the club decided to throw Brett Oberholtzer in a Minor League game earlier in the day to avoid pending rain showers. The Astros followed Downs with a steady diet of relievers.

Left-hander Alex Wood started for the Braves and threw five scoreless innings, allowing two hits. He's yet to allow an earned run in four starts.

Up next: After taking advantage of Tuesday's off-day, the Braves will host the Yankees on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. David Hale will be facing a Yankees lineup that is expected to include Brian McCann, who has not played at Disney since leaving the Braves via free agency in November. Hale is expected to be part of the four-man rotation the Braves plan to use during the regular season's first two weeks.

-------- Source: MLB.com

Alex Wood had another impressive outing Monday.
Alex Wood had another impressive outing Monday.
- Photo2 by Tim Evearitt

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