(SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Wood eyes his third straight winning start on Monday when the Atlanta Braves open a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
Wood beat the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, limiting them to a run and seven hits over seven innings to run his record to 3-2, while lowering his ERA to 3.50. He had given up just one earned run in seven innings his previous start against Miami.
"You know it's going to click," said Wood, who has never won three straight starts. "It's a matter of when and putting those right parts in place. After tonight and (my recent side sessions), I feel like it's really starting to click."
Wood, who is 3-0 in six road starts this season, has faced the D-backs just four times (1 start) and is 0-1 with a 2.00 ERA.
He'll be trying to help Atlanta win its third straight game too after it bounced back to split a four-game series with the San Francisco Giants. In Sunday's finale at AT&T Park, Jace Peterson's bases-clearing triple in the ninth inning carried the Braves to a 7-5 win.
Juan Uribe hit a two-run home run while Freddie Freeman added a solo shot for the Braves, who won the final two of this set after losing four of five.
Julio Teheran pitched six-plus innings and allowed three runs on four hits with four walks. Nick Masset (1-1) got the win for 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
"You can say a lot of stuff about our team, that we're short and we've got some deficits in certain areas, obviously, like every other team does," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. "But one thing we're not short of is fight. And willingness to not give up. These guys battle and battle. After we take the lead, the Giants take the lead again, and we didn't give up. We had two more innings to try to get back in the game, and we did."
Arizona, meanwhile, was denied a series sweep on Sunday, as it lost, 7-6, in 17 innings to Milwaukee. Vidal Nuno served up a game-winning home run to Martin Maldonado to end the marathon.
Aside from the walk-off blast Nuno (0-1) was outstanding with Maldonado's homer just the second hit yielded by the lefty over 5 1/3 innings in which he struck out six.
Paul Goldschmidt capped a terrific series by going 3-for-4 with a solo homer and drawing four walks for the Diamondbacks. A.J. Pollock also finished with three hits, including an RBI single in defeat.
Arizona was just 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position.
"We had many opportunities to score. We couldn't get the job done," Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale remarked. "Early in the game, we were rolling, but we sort of let it get away there."
Getting the call for Arizona on Monday will be rookie Archie Bradley, who has been awful of late. Bradley fell to 0-2 over his last four starts on Tuesday in St. Louis, as the Cardinals reached him for six runs in 3 2/3 innings to drop him to 2-2 to go along with a 5.28 ERA.
Bradley has pitched to a 11.81 ERA his last three times out.
Arizona split its six games with the Braves last season.