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LHP Alex Wood (3-3) allowed seven runs on eight hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings against the Marlins on Sunday. It was his worst appearance of the season. Over his previous six starts the rookie left-hander was 3-0 with a 1.48 ERA. But the Marlins hit the ball hard against Wood on Sunday and his ERA rose from 2.27 to 3.15.
RHP Freddy Garcia was recalled on the first day that rosters could be expanded. The Braves acquired the veteran from the Orioles on Aug. 23 and recalled him from Triple-A Gwinnett; he went 8-4 with a 3.56 ERA in 14 starts between Norfolk and Gwinnett. Garcia pitched 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief on Sunday. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Garcia will primarily work out of the bullpen, but could make a spot start if needed.
3B Chris Johnson didn't start Sunday, but got a pinch-hit single in the ninth. He's still showing some lingering effects from a turf toe injury. He had four hits in Saturday's 11-inning win. Johnson is 9-for-23 on the current homestand and regained the National League batting average lead at .333.
C Gerald Laird continued his hot hitting at Turner Field. Laird went 1-for-4 on Sunday and is now .325 (14-for-43) in home games.
RHP Brandon McCarthy, who starts Monday against Toronto, is coming off one of his best starts of the season, and the best since his return from shoulder inflammation. He gave up one unearned run on five hits in seven innings of a 6-1 victory over San Diego on Aug. 26. McCarthy said he found a correctible flaw in his delivery that made his last start so effective. McCarthy is 3-2 with a 3.79 ERA in nine career appearances, six starts, against the Blue Jays. He had a no-decision in his last start against them, in 2011, and beat them twice in 2009.
LHP Paul Maholm (9-10, 4.37) has been a different pitcher when starting at home. He's 4-8 with a 6.08 ERA on the road, but 5-2 with a 1.88 ERA at Turner Field. He allowed only run over six innings in his last start against the Indians, but received no decision. He's 6-4 with a 3.49 ERA in 14 career appearances against the Mets. He beat New York 3-0 on Sept. 7, 2012.
INF Ramiro Pena, who has been out since June 17 with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Sept. 1. He underwent season-ending surgery June 27.