On a night where Alex Wood looked like the stud he was throughout the first two years of his career, the Braves scratched out a 3-2 win in Los Angeles to end a seven-game losing skid at Dodger Stadium.
Wood was terrific over seven innings as he picked up his third win of the year. He surrendered just one run on seven hits and two walks, all while striking out six. This was Wood's first start in nearly 11 days after missing his last start with a stomach virus.
The Braves struck first in the third inning on a Cameron Maybin solo homer, his fifth of the season. The Dodgers tied it up in the fourth as Justin Turner singled home Jimmy Rollins with a squibber that bounced off Jace Peterson's glove on a diving attempt.
The score held at 1-1 until the eighth. Andrelton Simmons singled and Todd Cunningham walked to put the first two batters on-base. Peterson advanced Simmons to third on a fielder's choice, and then he stole second base to put two in scoring position for Freddie Freeman. Freeman drew a walk, and ball four from Adam Liberatore sailed high to the backstop. Simmons scored easily to make it 2-1. Nick Markakis then doubled down the left field line to push the lead to 3-1.
Alex Guerrero homered off Jason Grilli in the ninth to cut the lead to one, but Alberto Callaspo flew out to center field for the final out with a runner on first. The Braves are back to .500 with the win.
Next up for Atlanta is a four-game series against the Giants in beautiful AT&T Park. Shelby Miller takes the mound tomorrow night at 10:15 p.m. ET.