Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Sports

Braves 4, Astros 0

Braves 4, Astros 0

HOUSTON — Justin Upton homered for the second straight game and had three RBIs, and Alex Wood pitched seven scoreless innings for the Braves. Shae Simmons and Juan Jaime finished the three-hitter as the Astros were shut out for the 10th time this season. Atlanta had two hits when Upton launched a two-run homer into the bullpen in right-center, making it 3-0 in the seventh. Upton also had a sacrifice fly in the second.

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