Braves starter Alex Wood shaped the contest for the most part. Drafted by Atlanta just two years ago, the lefty kept the Astros off balance all night, sporting a fastball in the low 90s and a devastating changeup. He needed only 79 pitches to complete seven innings, giving up one walk along the way. With his four strikeouts on Wednesday, the 23-year-old has now punched out 67 batters in 67.1 innings this season.
For Houston, Collin McHugh again found himself the tough-luck loser. Throwing seven quality innings of his own, he surrendered just two walks and three hits. Unfortunately, one of those hits was a two-run, seventh-inning homer by Justin Upton. Landing in the Astros bullpen, Upton's bomb marked his second and third RBIs of the night, the first coming on a sac fly in the second inning.
After McHugh finished his seventh frame, Kyle Farnsworth entered the game for Houston. The tall righty surrendered a one-out double to B.J. Upton, who, a batter later, advanced to third on a balk by new pitcher Darin Downs. Braves rookie Tommy La Stella drove in Upton on a groundout, bringing the score to 4-0.
As for Houston's offense, it mustered just three hits and a walk. The team's best chance to score came on a lead-off double in the first by Dexter Fowler. Fowler was promptly thrown out trying to advance to third on a grounder by José Altuve. George Springer would strike out and Jonathan Singleton would ground out to end the inning. Overall, Houston continued its team-wide slump with runners in scoring position, going 0-5 on the night.
The Astros will now look to salvage tomorrow's getaway game at 1:10 Central. Jarred Cosart will face off against lefty Mike Minor. Encouragingly, Cosart has sported a 2.57 ERA over his last three starts, winning each of them.
--With two outs in the fourth inning, Singleton smacked a ground-rule double into center field. The hit looked like it would result in at least a triple, but the ball wedged itself under the wall's padding, causing Braves outfielder B.J. Upton to raise his hands. Singleton would be stranded on a groundout by Matt Dominguez.
--Fresh off his call-up from AAA Oklahoma City, L.J. Hoes started the game in left field. He went 0-3 with a strikeout.