- Associated Press - Thursday, June 26, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - In the opener against Atlanta, the Houston Astros had trouble getting timely hits.

When the series continued on Wednesday night they had trouble getting any hits at all.

Justin Upton homered for the second straight game and had three RBIs and Alex Wood pitched seven scoreless innings to help the Braves to a 4-0 win over the Astros.

Shae Simmons and Juan Jaime finished the three-hitter as the Astros were shut out for the 10th time this season.

“We struggled just to even mount some offense,” manager Bo Porter said. “(Wood) did a great job, he was efficient with his pitch count, he attacked the strike zone and we had some hittable pitches and did not put quality swings on them.”

The Braves had just two hits when Upton launched his 16th homer, a two-run shot into the bullpen in right-center, to make it 3-0 in the seventh inning. Collin McHugh (4-6) had plunked Jason Heyward to set up things for Upton.

Upton drove in Atlanta’s first run on a sacrifice fly in the second inning.

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman left in the eighth after being hit by a pitch on what appeared to be his right elbow. He said he hoped to be OK to play in the wrapup Thursday.

Wood (6-6) was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to make his first start since May 4 after appearing in 11 games out of the bullpen in his last stint with the Braves. He allowed three hits and struck out four with one walk.

Simmons and Jaime struck out two apiece in a hitless inning apiece.

Houston was 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position.

“He mixed pitches,” rookie Jon Singleton said of Wood. “For the most part, when we got runners on base, he made good pitches and made it hard on us.”

McHugh struck out nine in his third straight loss.

“He made a mistake to a really good hitter, and he didn’t miss it,” Porter said of Upton’s homer. “But outside of that one pitch, I feel like he was in complete control of the game the entire time.”

B.J. Upton doubled and took third on a balk before scoring on a groundout by Tommy La Stella to push Atlanta’s lead to 4-0 in the eighth.

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