LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Pitching and pop got the Indianapolis Indians (50-38) to win number 50 on Saturday.
Two Indianapolis batters homered and five Tribe hurlers combined to limit the Gwinnett Braves (43-44) to one run, as Indy secured a 3-1 win.
Wood, who drove in Friday’s winning runs, picked up right where he left off in the first inning on Saturday. The Tribe’s third baseman used one swing to pick up multiple RBIs for the third straight game, blasting a two-run homer to center.
Gwinnett would respond quickly, though, plating a run in their half of the first. Atlanta Braves top prospect Ozzie Albies led off with a triple and raced home a batter later, as Indy starter Clay Holmes fired a run-scoring wild pitch.
Holmes settled in following the first, dodging potential trouble on his way to completing five solid innings for Indianapolis. The right-hander gave up one run and scattered three hits, but tied a season-high by walking six batters.
The scores remained 2-1 all the way until the ninth, when Eury Perez took flight. Perez smoked a solo shot over the wall in left center to make it 3-1, his first long ball of the year.
Four relievers guided the Tribe to victory in relief of Holmes. Brett McKinney, Edgar Santana, Dan Runzler, and Dovydas Neverauskas combined to blank the Braves on four hits in the night’s final four innings.
On Sunday, the Indians will battle the G-Braves one last time. Tyler Eppler (6-3, 4.13 ERA) will climb the mound for Indy, with first pitch from Coolray Field is set for 1:05 p.m. It will be the Tribe’s final game before the All-Star break.