Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/31/13
After Alex Wood settled down Tuesday and started pitching the way he and the Braves knew he could his teammates made sure they provided plenty of run support for the rookie left-hander in his first win in the majors. Freddie Freeman hit two home runs and Brian McCann had a three-run homer in a six-run fourth inning that sent the Braves and Wood to an 11-3 win against the Rockies at Turner Field extending their winning streak to five games and widening their National League East lead to 10 games over second-place Washington. Wood (1-2) gave up six hits and three runs in seven innings of his third big-league start with one walk and seven strikeouts. “After the first couple of innings I settled down” Wood said “and me and Mac kind of took control and we were clicking throughout the rest of the game. It definitely felt good to go out there and do that (win a major league start) for the first time. It was exciting for me.” After allowing three runs three hits and a walk in the first two innings he gave up only three hits in his last five innings and finished with 67 strikes in 99 pitches. Wood might also have soothed the nerves at least a bit of some Braves fans concerned about the state of the starting rotation since Tim Hudson suffered a season-ending broken ankle last week. “He settled down and started throwing all of his pitches” said manager Fredi Gonzalez whose Braves improved their majors-best home record to 36-15 including 5-0 on this seven-game homestand. “He did a nice job. I think the more we run him out there the more comfortable he’s going to get.” Freeman continued to wreck Rockies pitching hitting a solo homer in the first and a three-run shot in the seventh. That gave him 10 homers and 23 RBIs in 20 career games (78 at-bats) against the Rockies. It matches the 10 homers he’s hit against the Mets for his high against any team — and he has nearly 100 more at-bats against the Mets (174). “I do look up there and see my career numbers against (the Rockies) but I don’t know what it is” Freeman said. He credited his two homers to an adjustment made in his swing during batting practice Tuesday after hitting coach Greg Walker and assistant Scott Fletcher showed him video of his swing in recent days compared to when he’s going well. Rookie outfielder Todd Cunningham just up from Triple-A Gwinnett in his first call-up singled in his first major league at-bat in the seventh inning and was on base when Freeman homered. After Nolan Arenado hit a two-run two-out homer in the second inning to give the Rockies a 3-1 lead Wood recorded 16 outs in the last 17 batters he faced. “We got ahead of them and then he just settled down” Freeman said. “He was moving in and out. He gave us seven strong innings tonight and to get his first career win is pretty awesome.”
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