Wood gets first win with the Dodgers
(The Sports Xchange) - Alex Wood earned his first win in a Los Angeles Dodgers' uniform on Friday, while first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer, as the Dodgers beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-3 in front of 43,407 at Dodger Stadium.
Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, hit a two-run homer, his 21st long ball this season, in the sixth to cut the deficit to two runs, but Wood and the Dodgers bullpen kept Cincinnati hitless from that point on, retiring the final 12 batters.
Wood, who came to the Dodgers in a multi-player trade with the Atlanta Braves on July 30, worked 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits.
Wood (8-7), who took a line drive off his foot on a ball hit by Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips in the third inning, struck out three and walked three.
He captured the win in his third start since joining the Dodgers and said while he did not feel any pressure to deliver he wanted to meet his own high standards.
"Expectations wherever you go are high," said Wood, who threw 82 pitches (52 strikes).
"If you want to stay here and you want be a part of something, especially a part of something like this in what we've got going in L.A., you have to come in and perform and do what you need to do.
"Not just to be a contributor, and to make trades look good or bad, but to stay here.
"This is an organization that wants to win, and I'm excited to be a part of it." Continued...