Atlanta Braves (58-49) at Los Angeles Dodgers (60-47)
Wednesday, July 30 - 10:10 PM EST
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Zack Greinke makes his first start at home in over a month when he leads the streaking Los Angeles Dodgers into the second game of a three-game series against Atlanta on Wednesday night. Greinke is 6-1 with a 2.73 ERA in eight starts at Dodger Stadium, striking out 10 in seven dominant innings against St. Louis in his previous home appearance June 28. He will be looking to help the Dodgers extend their longest winning streak of the season to five games.
Los Angeles had been 0-7 when trying to record a fourth consecutive victory before finally breaking through with Tuesday's 8-4 win in the series opener. The Dodgers pounded out a season-high nine extra-base hits while opening up a three-game lead on San Francisco in the National League West. Atlanta, which had won three in a row before Tuesday, remains a half-game behind Washington in the NL East.
TV: 10:10 p.m. ET, SportSouth (Atlanta), SNLA (Los Angeles)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves LH Alex Wood (7-8, 3.44 ERA) vs. Dodgers RH Zack Greinke (12-5, 2.74)
Wood will be trying to rebound after giving up a career-high 12 hits in five rocky innings of a 5-2 loss to San Diego on Friday. Prior to that, he had posted a 2.83 ERA in 12 starts this season. The former second-round pick, who has never started against Los Angeles, is 3 1/3 innings shy of reaching 100 in a season for the first time as a professional.
Greinke yielded four hits in seven scoreless innings at San Francisco on Friday in his fourth straight road start. He had 10 strikeouts against just one walk after issuing a season-high five free passes in his previous outing. The former American League Cy Young Award winner is 1-1 with a 3.50 ERA in three career starts against Atlanta.
1. Braves RF Jason Heyward missed the series opener with a sore back but is hoping to play Wednesday.
2. Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig was 4-for-5 on Tuesday and is 20-for-38 against Atlanta in his career, including the Division Series last October.
3. Atlanta LF Justin Upton is 5-for-11 with a home run, a double and four walks against Greinke.
PREDICTION: Dodgers 5, Braves 3