Wood recorded his 13th win and avenged his only loss of the season as he limited his original organization to one run over six somewhat stressful innings. Tyler Flowers‘ first-inning RBI single accounted for the only support given to Braves rookie Sean Newcomb, who battled all-too-familiar control issues as he needed 110 pitches (62 strikes) to complete 4 2/3 innings. The left-hander was fortunate to allow just three runs while issuing six unintentional walks.
Ozzie Albies recorded his first career hit in the ninth inning when he hit a three-run homer off Tony Cingrani, who was making his first appearance since being acquired by the Dodgers on Monday. Albies made his Major League debut Tuesday. MLBPipeline.com ranks him as the game’s 19th-best prospect.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Taylor’s go-ahead jack: After issuing a bases-loaded walk to Logan Forsythe in the third inning, Newcomb issued Yasiel Puig a four-pitch walk to begin the fourth. Two batters later, Taylor, who had three hits and three runs scored, jumped on an elevated fastball and drove it over the center-field fence for his 13th homer of the season. The two-run shot traveled a projected 402 feet with a 102.6-mph exit velocity, per Statcast™.
Mistake aids escape: The Braves attempted to turn the tide when they used two walks and Ender Inciarte‘s single to load the bases with no outs in the fifth. But Lane Adams was picked off second base and Wood escaped unscathed by getting Brandon Phillips to ground into a double play. The Braves challenged the ruling on Adams, but after a replay review, it was determined that the call would stand.
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Nick Markakis secured his 2,000th career hit with a fourth-inning single. The Braves’ right fielder stands as one of 10 active players to reach this milestone.
Dodgers: Yu Darvish makes his much-anticipated Dodgers debut against the Mets at 4:10 p.m. PT on Friday at Citi Field. Darvish was acquired at the non-waiver Trade Deadline from the Rangers and has struck out an impressive 10.9 batters per nine innings in four starts against NL teams this season.
Braves: R.A. Dickey will take the mound at SunTrust Park on Friday, when the Braves begin a three-game series against the Marlins at 7:35 p.m. ET. Dickey has allowed one or no runs in six of his past eight starts and he’s lasted seven innings in two of his past three outings.
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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.
Jaylon Thompson is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Dodgers on Thursday.
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