The last time Zack Greinke took the mound for the Dodgers, Yasiel Puig set a Los Angeles record with three triples in a victory over the Giants. Muffled by Puig's massive night was the performance of Greinke, who threw seven shutout innings and struck out 10 -- including four in one inning.
Greinke kept his opponent off the board for the first time since May 16 and earned his 12th win, bumping his strikeout-to-walk ratio up to 5.0 in the process. The Braves can only hope to see a less dominant version of the right-hander on Wednesday in the second game of a three-game set at Dodger Stadium.
At home, Greinke has especially thrived: He's 6-1 with a 2.73 ERA. He has faced the Braves three times, most recently tossing seven scoreless against them on June 6, 2013.
"They're a power lineup," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly of Atlanta. "Those guys hit the ball out of the ballpark, with Freddie [Freeman] and Justin [Upton], kind of the middle guys, and [Evan] Gattis -- guys that are obviously really dangerous in the middle."
But pitching, not hitting, is the Braves' M.O. On Wednesday, they will go with 23-year-old lefty Alex Wood, who has been solid in his first full season despite a hiccup -- four runs and a career-high 12 hits allowed -- in his outing against the Padres on Friday.
Wood began the season in the rotation, spent a month in the bullpen and then returned to the rotation on June 25. He has given up two runs or fewer in nine of his 13 starts this year.
On Friday, 11 of the 12 hits Wood surrendered were singles.
"I've never seen so many ground balls go through the infield," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We just couldn't get them to hit it at anybody really, and that was it. That was the game."
Braves: Heyward hopes to return Wednesday
Jason Heyward exited Monday afternoon's game with lower back discomfort, and he missed Tuesday night's series opener as he continued to undergo treatment at Dodger Stadium.
Heyward's flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles certainly did not help matters, but the right fielder is hopeful that he can return to the starting lineup Wednesday.
"I'm getting treatment, doing a lot of stretching and trying to get this thing loosened up a little bit better and make it a little easier to move around," Heyward said. "These past couple days, it's been pretty tight."
Heyward's back began bothering him after he ranged into foul territory attempting to catch a ball during Thursday night's game against the Marlins. He played through discomfort the next two days, but sat on Sunday and played just three innings during Monday's series finale at Turner Field against the Padres.
Dodgers: Barney set to join roster
Mattingly expects newly acquired infielder Darwin Barney to join the Dodgers as early as Wednesday.
Barney, acquired from the Cubs for a player to be named later or cash on Monday, will provide the Dodgers with a sure-handed fielder off the bench. The 28-year-old won a Gold Glove as the Cubs' second baseman in 2012.
"I think we look at him as a depth guy -- obviously, a guy that's a Gold Glove second baseman," Mattingly said Tuesday. "I think we feel like he can play short. We think he can play third, and he kind of adds depth to what we're doing."
• The Dodgers are 6-4 on a second-half stretch that pits them against winning teams in 27 of 30 games.
• Braves' right-handed reliever Shae Simmons was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a strained pitching shoulder. Juan Jaime was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.
Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.