ATLANTA (AP) — Poor control ruined C.J. Wilson's first inning — and his night.
Wilson hit the first batter he faced, Jason Heyward. One out later, he walked Freddie Freeman. Then came his biggest mistake, a fastball to Evan Gattis over the middle of the plate.
Wilson gave up back-to-back homers in the first inning, including a three-run shot by Gattis, and the Angels' comeback finished one run short as Los Angeles fell to the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Friday night.
Chris Johnson followed the Gattis homer with a drive over the centerfield wall for a 4-0 lead.
Gattis was given the green light to swing on a 3-0 pitch. The Braves' catcher said he hit the homer over the left field wall on a "decent" pitch from Wilson.
Wilson's description of the pitch was not so kind.
"That pitch just didn't move at all," Wilson said. "It was right down the middle. Obviously the guy's got great power and he's on a tear right now."
Manager Mike Scioscia said Wilson was hurt by his lack of control on his pitches in the inning.
"He almost worked his way out of it but C.J. just was behind in too many counts and it eventually caught up with him," Scioscia said.
Wilson (7-6) agreed.
"It was the worst perfect storm of missed locations in the first inning, I guess you could call it," Wilson said.
"When you give up four runs in the first inning, it's obviously crappy."
It was the first time this season Wilson allowed as many as four runs in an inning.
Wilson had allowed only one homer in his last five starts before allowing the consecutive shots. He didn't allow another run in his six innings.
The homer over the left field wall was the 14th for Gattis, leaving him tied for third place in the National League. He had two hits, giving him a 13-game hitting streak, Atlanta's longest this season.
Aaron Harang (5-5) allowed one run in six innings to end a streak of five consecutive starts without a win.
Heyward left the game with a bruised right hand in the second inning after being hit by the pitch from Wilson in the first. The Braves said X-rays were negative and Heyward is day to day.