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Alex Wood nails down 8-2 win for Braves over Phillies

Chris Johnson homered and Wood struck out eight in six innings.

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Kendrick apparently forgot to step into a phone booth to change into his Cy Kendrick alter ego. The mediocre pitcher who often gives the Braves fits had a rough outing while Alex Wood mowed down the Phillies offense, helping the Braves to an 8-2 win.

Wood really only made one mistake in his six innings of work, and John Mayberry turned it into a second-inning home run. Chris Johnson answered with a home run of his own in the bottom of the second, this one a two-run shot that put the Braves ahead.

Kendrick's third inning unraveled on him, and the Braves took the opportunity to put the game out of reach. He issued a leadoff walk to B.J. Upton; one out later, he plunked Freddie Freeman and Justin Upton in succession to load the bases. Kendrick then walked Jason Heyward to force in a run, but the big blow of the inning was Tommy La Stella's double to clear the bases. It sure is nice having a second baseman who can hit.

Following a 99-minute rain delay, Atlanta added two more runs in the sixth. New Phillies pitcher Mario Hollands had trouble throwing strikes and walked four in a row for the first run of the inning; Freddie Freeman singled home the other one.

Alex Wood dominated Phillies hitters, striking out eight and allowed just two other hits after Mayberry's home run. He did not walk a batter.

Marlon Byrd homered in the ninth.

Win Expectancy

Source: FanGraphs

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