Major League Baseball
Preview
Atlanta at LA Dodgers
When: 10:10 PM ET, Friday, July 21, 2017
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles Dodgers' 10-game homestand got off to a rough start, but they hope to bounce back when they continue their four-game set against the Atlanta Braves on Friday. Los Angeles' 11-game winning streak came to a crashing halt in Thursday's series opener as it fell behind early and went on to drop a 6-3 decision.

Yasmani Grandal homered for the second time in three games for the Dodgers, who suffered their first overall defeat since July 2 and first at home since June 26. While Los Angeles still owns a 10 1/2-game lead in the National League West thanks to its current 31-5 stretch, Atlanta sits 8 1/2 out in the wild-card race. Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer while Freddie Freeman, who exited Wednesday's win over the Chicago White Sox with a virus, also recorded two hits and two RBIs on Thursday as the Braves began their 11-game road trip by halting a three-game slide. Ender Inciarte continues to swing a hot bat for Atlanta, going 2-for-5 for his fifth multi-hit performance in seven contests.

TV: 10:10 p.m. ET, FSN South (Atlanta), SportsNet LA (Los Angeles)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves LH Jaime Garcia (3-7, 4.33 ERA) vs. Dodgers LH Alex Wood (11-0, 1.56)

Garcia is slated to take the mound Friday but reportedly is on the verge of being traded to Minnesota, and the Braves likely would recall right-hander Aaron Blair from Triple-A Gwinnett to face Los Angeles in the event of a deal. The 31-year-old Garcia ended his seven-start winless streak on Sunday, when he limited Arizona to one run and four hits over seven innings. The Mexican-born southpaw is 2-2 with a 4.61 ERA in six career games (five starts) against the Dodgers.

Wood's incredible season continued Saturday as he scattered three hits over six scoreless innings in a victory at Miami. The 26-year-old native of North Carolina has served up only two home runs over 86 2/3 frames this year and has allowed more than one run just once in his last 10 turns, producing six scoreless outings in that span - including each of his last two. Wood lost his only career start against the Braves after spending the first 2 1/2 seasons of his career with the club, yielding six runs - three earned - on seven hits, three walks and two hit batsmen in four frames at Atlanta on April 19, 2016.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Braves broke out offensively Thursday after scoring a total of six runs while being swept by the Chicago Cubs in a three-game series.

2. Atlanta 2B Brandon Phillips left the series opener with tightness in his right hamstring and is day-to-day.

3. Los Angeles activated LHP Grant Dayton (neck) from the 10-day disabled list and designated RHP Sergio Romo for assignment.

PREDICTION: Dodgers 8, Braves 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Atlanta 46-48 W1 23-25 23-23 18-22 8-14 13-5 7-7
LA Dodgers 66-30 L1 39-12 27-18 14-4 19-6 24-17 9-3
Last Meeting
Atlanta LA Dodgers
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
7/20/17 ATL 6 LAD 3 .314 1 .837 .206 1 .682
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Atlanta M. Adams .500 2 1.250
LA Dodgers Y. Grandal .500 2 2.000
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Atlanta K. Suzuki 1 1 2
LA Dodgers Y. Grandal 1 1 2
Pitching ERA Avg K
Atlanta 3.00 .314 7
LA Dodgers 6.00 .206 9
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Atlanta E. Inciarte .307 123 .769
LA Dodgers J. Turner .369 92 1.041
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Atlanta F. Freeman 17 45 37
LA Dodgers C. Bellinger 26 52 63
Pitching ERA Avg K
Atlanta 4.63 .263 694
LA Dodgers 3.10 .258 920