He likely won't have much to worry about if he delivers another solid performance on the mound, much like the rest of the rotation has done throughout the majority of the team's hot stretch.
The Braves look to match their longest winning streak since calling Atlanta home while dealing the visiting Miami Marlins a seventh straight defeat Saturday night.
Atlanta (71-45) hasn't lost since falling 7-4 to the New York Mets on July 25, and it has surged to a 15 1/2-game lead in the NL East. Justin Upton , Chris Johnson and Brian McCann homered in Friday's 5-0 series-opening victory as the Braves won their 14th straight.
A win Saturday would match Atlanta's longest winning streak set in 2000 since the franchise relocated from Milwaukee in 1966."We want to keep getting better every single day we come to the park and try to keep our foot on the gas as best we can," Johnson said. "We want to be playing good baseball going into the end of the season and into the postseason."
Solid pitching has keyed the streak, as the Braves have posted a 2.08 ERA during their run. The starters have a 2.86 ERA in that stretch, including Wood (2-2, 3.20 ERA) giving up one run and two hits in six innings of a 4-1 win over Philadelphia on Sunday.
"I didn't want to be the one to lose the streak for us," Wood said. "I just wanted to go out there and compete and keep us in it. I felt real comfortable out there."
The rookie left-hander has made two relief appearances versus Miami, giving up three hits and striking out three in three scoreless innings. Wood may not have much trouble shutting down a Marlins team that has scored 12 runs during a six-game skid.
Miami (43-71), last in the majors in runs scored, mustered only four hits Friday. Giancarlo Stanton went hitless and is 4 for 37 (.108) with 15 strikeouts over his last 10 games.
The Marlins' offensive woes have been especially evident with scheduled starter Nathan Eovaldi on the mound.
Eovaldi (2-2, 3.19) has a 1.42 ERA over his last three starts, but he was a tough-luck 2-0 loser to Cleveland on Sunday after allowing one run in seven innings. It marked the fourth straight outing he hasn't received any run support, and the Marlins have gone empty in his last 27 innings on the mound since scoring twice in the second inning of Eovaldi's last victory - an 8-3 win over Washington on July 12."You just try to put up zeros, and if we score runs, that's good," Eovaldi said.
Manager Mike Redmond has been impressed with the 23-year-old right-hander.
"He's done a great job, and he's got a great arm," Redmond said. "He's got a fastball that can get anybody out. When he's down in the zone, he can dominate a lineup."
Eovaldi is 0-1 with a 3.68 ERA in four starts versus the Braves, who have won 11 of the last 14 meetings.
|July 26, 2013||Kevin Slowey||15-Day DL||Right forearm discomfort|
|July 23, 2013||Marcell Ozuna||15-Day DL||Torn left thumb ligament|
|June 25, 2013||Justin Ruggiano||Day-to-Day||Sore left shoulder|
|June 09, 2013||Chris Coghlan||15-Day DL||Right calf irritation|
|June 09, 2013||Casey Kotchman||60-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
|May 27, 2013||Alex Sanabia||60-Day DL||Right groin discomfort|
|August 06, 2013||Jason Heyward||Day-to-Day||Strained neck|
|July 29, 2013||Reed Johnson||15-Day DL||Left knee tendinitis|
|July 26, 2013||Gerald Laird||15-Day DL||Kidney stone|
|July 25, 2013||Tim Hudson||15-Day DL||Fractured right ankle|
|July 21, 2013||Paul Maholm||15-Day DL||Bruised left wrist|
|July 21, 2013||Paul Maholm||15-Day DL||Left wrist contusion|
ATLANTA (AP) -- Evan Gattis blames himself for not getting his catcher's mitt lower and keeping Adeiny Hechavarria from scoring on a wild pitch.
Had he done so, the Atlanta Braves might still have a long winning streak, but Gattis says the team's goal now is to win the three-game series.
"Yeah, man, we had a good run," Gattis said. "I hate that it ended."
The Braves' 14-game winning streak ended Saturday night with a 1-0 loss to the last-place Miami Marlins , who scored on reliever Jordan Walden 's wild pitch in the ninth inning.
Miami stopped its own six-game skid.
The Braves fell one victory shy of tying the 2000 team for the franchise's longest winning streak since the 1891 Boston Beaneaters won 18 straight.
Hechavarria led off the Miami ninth with a triple and scored on the wild pitch by Walden (4-2).
"I'm more disappointed in not blocking it," Gattis said. "I didn't see the replay, but I'm pretty sure I just came up on it. I think it went through me. I just came up on it a little bit with my mitt."
Marlins starter Nate Eovaldi allowed one hit in seven innings. Mike Dunn (3-3) got the win and Steve Cishek earned his 24th save, striking out Paul Janish with a runner on first to end it.
Both teams finished with just three hits.
Hechavarria's NL-leading sixth triple bounced against the bottom of the wall in left-center field and was the game's only extra-base hit. He scored standing up - ending the Marlins' 22-inning scoreless string - when Walden's fourth pitch to the next batter, Ed Lucas , got past Gattis.
Cishek posted his 19th straight save. He got Justin Upton to line out and Freddie Freeman to ground out before Gattis singled. Janish took a called third strike.
Chad Qualls recorded one out in the Atlanta eighth before Andrelton Simmons reached on an infield hit. Dunn struck out pinch-hitter Brian McCann and retired Jason Heyward on a groundout.
Eovaldi allowed a first-inning single by Freeman and retired his final 14 batters. He walked three and struck out eight.
"They're a great team," Eovaldi said. "I threw the ball really well tonight, It was just a great win all around."
Braves rookie starter Alex Wood had retired 12 straight batters before Jeff Mathis singled with two outs in the fifth. Wood gave up two hits, struck out seven and walked one in six innings.
Relievers David Carpenter and Luis Avilan combined to allow no baserunners and strike out three over the next two innings.
Eovaldi received no run support for his fifth straight start. The Marlins haven't scored while Eovaldi has been in a game since his 8-3 victory over Washington on July 12. He has a 1.04 ERA in his last four starts.
"He's always had a good arm to me," Heyward said after going 0 for 3. "Attacks the strike zone, has a lot of movement on his pitches, especially the fastball. Sometimes it's a little bit wild and effective as far as which side of the plate."
Braves third baseman Chris Johnson , who leads the NL with a .338 batting average, was ejected by plate umpire Jim Joyce to end the first after taking three pitches - all fastballs - for strikes with runners on first and second.
Johnson yelled at Joyce and threw his bat and helmet before walking to the dugout. After a 54-minute rain delay, Janish replaced Johnson.
Johnson was upset with himself for not being in the batter's box with two out in the ninth.
"Yeah, I'm one of those guys that wants to be in the game the whole time and wants to be in that spot," he said. "So, yeah, I'm definitely kicking myself a little bit."
Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton didn't play. Manager Mike Redmond said he gave his star the night off because "it seems like he's just really grinding and not having a whole lot of fun out there."
The Marlins have the NL's worst winning percentage and they're last in the majors in homers, RBIs and slugging percentage.
NOTES: Walden left the game after taking a liner off his pitching hand from Logan Morrison , the third batter he faced. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Walden might need a couple of days to rest his hand, but added that the injury didn't appear serious. ... RHP Anthony Varvaro got Atlanta's final out in the ninth. ... McCann was held out of the lineup with a sore knee as Gattis took his place. ... Atlanta OF Jordan Schafer was activated from a rehab assignment before the game and optioned OF Jose Constanza to Triple-A Gwinnett. ... Upton went 0 for 4 to end a 13-game hitting streak.