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Alex Wood Gets First Win as Atlanta Braves Blowout Colorado Rockies

July 30th, 2013 at 11:37 PM
By Cody Fields

Alex Wood showed off his potential, and Freddie Freeman supported him with two home runs, as the Atlanta Braves thumped the Colorado Rockies 11-3 at Turner Field on Tuesday.

After Wood gave up a run in the first inning, Freeman tied the game with a solo shot off Juan Nicasio. He later crushed a three-run bomb in the seventh to cap the blowout at 11-3.

Wood started his third career start rather sluggishly. A lead-off walk to Dexter Fowler in the first led to a Carlos Gonzalez sacrifice fly, and a two-run homer by Nolan Arenado gave the Rockies a temporary two-run lead in the second.

But that was all Wood would surrender. He proceeded to retire 14 of the final 17 batters he faced over his seven innings of work, good enough for his first Major League win.

The Rockies threatened Wood in the seventh when Michale Cuddyer singled and Wilin Rosario doubled with one out. Jason Heyward had trouble fielding Rosario's double in left-center, and Cuddyer tried to score, only to be cut down by a rocket of a relay throw from Andrelton Simmons.

Atlanta blew up on Nicasio in a six-run fourth inning. Heyward and Gattis each had RBI-singles, and Brian McCann put an exclamation point on the frame with a three-run homer.

In the midst of that was Justin Upton's first of two doubles in the game, his first extra-base hits since the All-Star break.

The win gives the Braves a Major League-best ten game lead in the National League East.

Tags: Alex Wood, Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies, Jason Heyward, Juan Nicasio, MLB, Wilin Rosario

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