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HOUSTON -- After a tough June where Justin Upton has hit under . Elfrid Payton Jersey .200, the Atlanta Braves hope the last two games are an indication that hell get back to where he was earlier this season. Upton homered for the second straight game and drove in three runs and Alex Wood pitched seven scoreless innings to help the Braves to a 4-0 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night. "When he gets hot like this its really, really something to watch," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Hopefully this is the beginning of one of those big runs that he can give us." Upton is hitting just .185 this month, but his average for the season is .272 after a great start to the year. "Im seeing the ball and hitting it, thats about it," Upton said. "Ive gotten some good pitches to hit and Ive put good swings on them." Shae Simmons and Juan Jaime finished the three-hitter as the Astros were shut out for the 10th time this season. The Braves had just two hits when Upton launched his 16th homer, a two-run shot into the bullpen in right-centre, to make it 3-0 in the seventh inning. Collin McHugh (4-6) had plunked Jason Heyward to set up things for Upton. Upton drove in Atlantas first run on a sacrifice fly in the second inning. He joked that Wood owed him a treat of some kind for providing most of the offence in the win. "Just maybe get an ice cream cone or something," Upton said with a laugh. "Theyve got some good ice cream in there, at least get a scoop of ice cream." Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman left in the eighth after being hit by a pitch on what appeared to be his right elbow. He was examined by a doctor and said he was fine and hoped the swelling wasnt too bad on Thursday so he could play. Wood (6-6) was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to make his first start since May 4 after appearing in 11 games out of the bullpen in his last stint with the Braves. He allowed three hits and struck out four with one walk. "He did a nice job," Gonzalez said. "Mixed all his pitches ... his breaking ball, his fastball, threw some nice change ups." Gonzalez was encouraged by Woods performance in filling in for Gavin Floyd, who had surgery this week after breaking a bone in his throwing elbow. Simmons and Jaime struck out two apiece in a hitless inning apiece. McHugh struck out nine in his third straight loss. "He made a mistake to a really good hitter, and he didnt miss it," manager Bo Porter said of Uptons homer. "But outside of that one pitch, I feel like he was in complete control of the game the entire time." B.J. Upton doubled and took third on a balk before scoring on a groundout by Tommy La Stella to push Atlantas lead to 4-0 in the eighth. Evan Gattis doubled to start the second and scored on the one-out sacrifice fly by Justin Upton. McHugh walked a pair in the fourth inning, but the Braves didnt get another hit until Freeman singled with two outs in the sixth. Freeman was tagged out trying to stretch it into a double to end the inning. Dexter Fowler hit a leadoff double in the first, and was thrown out at third trying to advance on Jose Altuves grounder. Houston didnt get another runner until rookie Jon Singleton snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a ground-rule double to right-centre field with two outs in the fourth. The ball got lodged under the wall and Singleton was already heading toward home when he was called back to second base. Wood got right back on track after Singletons hit and set down the next five Astros before walking Fowler with one out in the sixth. George Springer singled with two outs to put runners at the corners, but Wood struck out Singleton to escape the jam. NOTES: Braves LHP Ryan Buchter was optioned to Gwinnett to make room for Wood on the roster. ... The Astros recalled OF L.J. Hoes from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned OF Robbie Grossman there before the game. ... Atlanta RHP David Carpenter, on the disabled list with a strained right biceps, felt good after throwing a bullpen on Tuesday and is scheduled to throw another one on Thursday. ... SS Carlos Correa, Houstons top prospect and the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft, had season-ending surgery on Wednesday after breaking his right fibula. Shaquille ONeal Jersey . Jamies number grades given are out of five, with five being the best mark. Darcy Kuemper, Minnesota (5): He was calm, poised, and looked comfortable all game. Josh Jackson Jersey . And follow TSN.ca right through Wednesdays 3pm et trade deadline for all the updates. Blue line help for Red Wings? In addition to what he reported in Insider Trading, TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun wrote on ESPN. http://www.basketballsunsauthority.com/devin-booker-suns-jersey-c-9/ . Manager Ryan Nelsen has confirmed Brazilian No. 1 Julio Cesar will be rested for Wednesdays first leg of the semifinal. That opens the door for Bendik, who started 33 games for Toronto last season.MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis Grizzlies are off to a franchise-record, 18-4 start because theyve learned how to win games like Friday night.Mike Conley scored six of his 19 points in the second overtime, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Charlotte Hornets 113-107.Zach Randolph had 20 points and Marc Gasol also scored 19 for the Grizzlies, who got a tying 3-pointer from Vince Carter with 4.5 seconds left in the first overtime.We found a way to win it, Gasol said. At the end of the day thats what matters. In the long run we should not have many games like that, (but) its a team that plays kind of the way that we play: slow-down basketball.The Grizzlies won for the sixth time in the past seven games against the Hornets, who got 28 points from Kemba Walker and 25 from Gary Neal.Gerald Henderson tipped in a missed shot at the buzzer to end regulation.We played hard, but theyre a really good team, Walker said. Its a team that youve got to be ready to play. Theyve been playing well all year so youve got to bring your best.The Grizzlies trailed most of the second half but rallied in the final 5 minutes of the fourth quarter, shortly after Gasol re-entered the game. He and Randolph scored the Grizzlies final 13 points in regulation, including Gasols driving dunk with 11.9 seconds that gave Memphis a 92-90 lead.The guys came back in with five minutes to go and we pushed it out, said Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger. We made some mistakes there at the end in different areas, but (we) deserved to win. We knew this was going to be a tough team for us to play.Walker attempted a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds to go and Henderson tipped it in after the Hornets kept the first miss alive.In the overtime, the Grizzlies took an early four-point lead, but the Hornets recovered and led 102-99 after two free throws by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with 23 seconds remaining. Memphis forced a second overtime when Carter, who entered on the final Grizzlies possession, connected on a 3-pointer from the corner. Charles Barkley Jersey. Ive been in this game a long time, Carter said. I live for moments like that.In the second overtime, the Grizzlies never trailed after scoring the first five points.Memphis led 47-45 at the half, but couldnt pull away in the third quarter. The Hornets took their first lead early in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Walker and held the advantage for most of the period.Neal, who scored six straight points to end the third quarter, opened the fourth by hitting his first two shots to give the Hornets a 76-69 lead, their largest of the game.Charlotte never led in the first half, but trimmed the Memphis advantage to 47-45 Al Jeffersons hook in the closing seconds before halftime. Walker, limited to 1-of-11 shooting in the first game between the teams, had 15 points at half on 6-of-10 shooting.TIP-INSHornets: Rookie P.J. Hairston, who did not play in Wednesdays home game against the Boston Celtics, did not play Friday. Hairston was benched for missing a Tuesday practice without an acceptable excuse. ... The Hornets fell to 1-9 on the road. ... Charlotte allows the fewest offensive rebounds per game (8.3) and held the Grizzlies to seven.Grizzlies: Memphis owns the best regular-season record in the NBA during the 2014 calendar year. They are 55-19. ... The Grizzlies are 15-1 when outshooting their opponent. Memphis shot 45.9 per cent to Charlottes 41.8 per cent. . . . The Grizzlies bench failed to produce a double-digit scorer for the first time in 21 games.STAT LINESThe Hornets Kemba Walker, limited to 1-of-11 shooting in a 71-69 loss to the Grizzlies on Nov. 1 in Charlotte, was 11 of 21. ... Gasol, averaging eight rebounds, had only three rebounds in 36 minutes.CLUTCH CARTERJoerger on Carters clutch 3-pointer that forced the second overtime: Thats what he gets paid to do. Hes never afraid of the moment. Hes amazing and just rises to the big moments.UP NEXTHornets: Host Brooklyn on Saturday.Grizzlies: Visit Philadelphia on Saturday. 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