Alex Wood whiffs 12 in 8 innings, Braves get homer from Evan Gattis to nip Marlins 1-0

  • Article by: GEORGE HENRY , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 31, 2014 - 7:15 PM

ATLANTA — Alex Wood struck out 12 in eight dominant innings and Evan Gattis homered to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 1-0 on Sunday.

The Marlins had gone 60 games without getting shut out, the longest active streak in the majors.

Atlanta, which has won four of five and 11 of 15, began the day 1½ games out of the second NL wild-card spot.

Craig Kimbrel earned his major league-high 41st save in 45 chances.

Kimbrel retired Donovan Solano on a grounder and Giancarlo Stanton on a popup before giving up a single to Casey McGehee. The All-Star closer struck out pinch-hitter Garrett Jones to end it.

Wood (10-10) matched his career high in strikeouts for the second time this month. The left-hander, who improved to 3-2 with a 1.86 ERA in his last seven starts, gave up five hits and walked none.

Gattis, who batted .237 in his previous 33 games after returning from a back injury, hit his 21st homer in the second.

The Braves got just three runners in scoring position after that despite finishing with 11 hits.

In the first five innings, Wood allowed two hits — a leadoff single to Solano in the fourth and a one-out single to Jeff Baker in the second — before Nathan Eovaldi, Christian Yelich and Solano loaded the bases with consecutive singles in the sixth.

But Stanton, who was tied for tops in the majors with 98 RBIs, struck out on three pitches, and McGehee took a called third strike to end the threat.

Wood, mixing his fastball, curve and changeup to keep the Marlins guessing, threw strikes on 74 of 101 pitches.

Eovaldi (6-10) gave up nine hits and struck out six in 6 2-3 innings, dropping his fourth straight start. Chris Hatcher replaced him after Phil Gosselin and Freddie Freeman had consecutive singles in the seventh, ending the threat on Justin Upton's flyout.

Miami has lost six of eight.

UP NEXT

The Marlins return home Monday, when RHP Henderson Alvarez (10-6) faces the Mets. Alvarez has won four of seven career starts against New York.

RHP Julio Teheran and the Braves face Philadelphia LHP Cole Hamels. Teheran has won three straight starts with a 1.47 ERA.

RECORD RELIEF

Kimbrel is the first pitcher to begin his career with at least 40 saves in four straight seasons.

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