Freddie Freeman unloaded some of his and the Braves’ pent-up frustrations against the Brewers with a pair of home runs Tuesday on a night when Alex Wood didn’t need much more support than that.
After Jason Heyward’s two-run, two-out homer in the fifth inning that gave the Braves their first lead of the season, Freeman hit solo homers in the sixth and eighth innings to help secure a 5-2 win that evened the team’s record at 1-1. It was Freeman’s fifth multihomer game and his first homers in 20 career games against Milwaukee.

Wood (1-0) limited the Brewers to five hits and three walks and didn’t allow a run after Carlos Gomez homered on the first pitch of the first inning, and the Braves won for only the third time in 12 games at Miller Park since the beginning of the 2011 season.

“It’s just nice to go out there and give Woody a little cushion,” Freeman said. “The way he was pitching, he didn’t really need many runs…. The last three or four years we haven’t really done well against the Brewers here at Miller Park. It’s nice to get the first one out of the way. As an offense we knew we weren’t going to get shut out all 162.

It was the 12th career start for Wood, who is 4-1 with a 2.91 ERA in his past 10. The Brewers didn’t advance a runner past first base against the left-hander from the third through seventh innings, then scored in the eighth against reliever David Carpenter.

Closer Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth, blowing steady 97 mph heat past every Milwaukee hitter he faced.

“He’s pretty unbelievable, man,” Wood said of Kimbrel. “And it’s fun to watch. Just any inning when he comes in, you pretty much know the game’s over. I mean, he’s that kind of pitcher.”

Wood’s teammates heaped plenty of praise on their 23-year-old starting pitcher, who impressed everyone with how he stayed calm and buckled down after giving up the Gomez homer on his initial pitch.

“You don’t have much of a choice after first pitch, first hitter of the game, you know?” Wood said. “It’s one of those things where he’s a swinger, he’s a heck of a hitter, and he was aggressive early and went out there and got ahold of one, that’s for sure. I had to settle down after that and try and make some pitches.”

He did that, striking out five and inducing ground balls that led to some quick outs and crisp innings.