All-Stars Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw get the credit for the Los Angeles Dodgers owning one of the best rotations in baseball, but Brett Anderson is also doing his part.
Anderson looks to continue his strong stretch as the Dodgers face the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.
Los Angeles (53-41) has used a major league-high 12 starters, but they have produced a 3.13 ERA thanks in large part to Greinke (1.30) and Kershaw (2.68).
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While they’re the only members of the rotation to make 19 starts each, Anderson (5-5, 3.17 ERA) will keep pace with the Cy Young Award winners Tuesday.
The left-hander is 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA in his last six starts. He entered the All-Star break after allowing three runs and two homers in seven innings while not getting a decision in a 4-3 win over Milwaukee on July 12.
He’s 3-2 with a 2.06 ERA over his last six road outings, winning the past two while yielding two runs and striking out 17 in 14 innings.
Anderson allowed two runs in seven innings and didn’t figure in the decision of a 6-3 home victory in his only outing against the Braves (44-49) on May 25.
He takes the mound trying to help the Dodgers bounce back from Monday’s 7-5 loss in the opener of this three-game set. Anderson will also try to slow down Nick Markakis, who is 6 for 10 with three doubles and three RBIs in his last three games against Los Angeles.
The right fielder doubled and connected for a two-run blast in the first inning. It was his first homer in 356 at-bats since Sept. 25, 2014, when he hit one for Baltimore at the New York Yankees.
"You know what? I don’t care if he has one home run, no home runs or 30 home runs, he gives you great at-bats," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He’s a good hitter for us."
Jace Peterson had a two-run double and an RBI single Monday to improve to 4 for 25 in eight matchups with Los Angeles.
The Braves give the ball to Alex Wood (6-6, 3.76) for the first time since an 11-3 loss at Colorado on July 12. In his worst performance of the season, the left-hander gave up seven runs and 10 hits before being pulled with two outs in the sixth.
He’s 1-3 with a 5.18 ERA in six home starts but this will be his first against the Dodgers as all four of his previous meetings – two starts – came on the road. Wood went 1-0 with a 1.08 ERA in those matchups, allowing one run in seven innings of a 3-2 win May 27.
He’s held Jimmy Rollins and Adrian Gonzalez to a combined 2 for 25.
Gonzalez, though, is 10 for 20 with four homers and seven RBIs after hitting a two-run homer and a single in the opener. He’s 6 for 17 with two homers and five RBIs in four season meetings with Atlanta.
The Dodgers reinstated outfielder Carl Crawford from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday after a right oblique strain had sidelined him since April 28. He’s 12 for 33 (.364) in 10 career games at Turner Field.