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ATLANTA -- One game, one curtain call for Mark Teixeira.
Teixeira, acquired from Texas in Tuesday's seven-player trade, drew a bases-loaded walk in the first inning to drive in a run in his first plate appearance.
After Houston reliever Matt Albers walked Edgar Renteria and Chipper Jones in the sixth inning, Teixeira hit a 2-1 pitch over the wall in left-center for his first homer with the Braves and his 14th overall.
Teixeira was greeted with high-fives from Jones and Renteria and slaps on his helmet in the dugout, but the fans were not satisfied until he bounced back up the dugout steps and lifted his helmet high in response to the cheers.
"I've had a few curtain calls in my career," Teixeira said. "The fans tell you. After the at-bat, if they're still cheering, they're still yelling, you know they want you to do it. It was fun going out there."
Braves manager Bobby Cox said he enjoyed watching the successful debut.
"The home run looked real good -- opposite-field line drive," Cox said. "He looked good at first, too."
Teixeira said he was aware he was being closely watched in his first game with the Braves.
"The win was definitely more important, but it was fun getting out there and getting the nerves out of the way," he said. "I didn't want to come here the first day and have a disappointment."
The Braves scored a combined 38 runs in three straight wins, including 24 in winning two straight over the Astros.
Buddy Carlyle (6-3) gave up five hits and two runs in five innings and left the game when he experienced apparent discomfort while warming up in the sixth. Carlyle, who appeared to wince in pain while swinging and missing a pitch in the bottom of the fifth, is listed as day to day and said he should be able to make his next start.
"It's something I've done in the past hitting," Carlyle said. "It's kind of silly, taking too big a swing at an off-speed pitch. It's going to be fine."
Houston has given up 42 runs in three straight losses. On Sunday, Jason Jennings gave up 11 runs in the first inning of an 18-11 loss to San Diego.
"It's a little embarrassing, for the pitching staff and the catchers," Houston catcher Brad Ausmus said.
For the second straight night, Houston's starting pitcher lasted only four innings. One night after Chris Sampson gave up nine hits and five runs, Wandy Rodriguez (7-10) gave up eight runs and six hits. He walked four batters and threw 55 pitches in Atlanta's seven-run first inning.
Overall, Houston pitchers issued nine walks, including five by Rodriguez.
"I didn't want to hear that number," Astros manager Phil Garner said of the walks.
Rodriguez fell to 1-8 in road games.
"I felt good; I don't know what happened," Rodriguez said
After Yunel Escobar's leadoff double, Rodriguez walked Renteria and Jones to load the bases for Teixeira's first trip to the plate. Fans greeted Teixeira with a standing ovation, but the first baseman didn't swing while taking the walk to drive in the Braves' first run.
Andruw Jones drove in Renteria with a single to left before Jeff Francoeur walked, forcing in another run. Matt Diaz hit a two-run double to center and Escobar capped the big inning with a two run single.
Houston's Jason Lane singled in the third and scored on Chris Burke's sacrifice fly. Lance Berkman led off the fourth with his 18th homer, and Ty Wigginton drove in Berkman with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Renteria hit his 11th homer in the fourth, and Kelly Johnson hit a run-scoring single off Jennings in the seventh.
|Mark Teixeira is already in sync with Andruw Jones; both score on a Matt Diaz double in the first. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Chris Burke, 2B||2||0||0||1||1||0||0||.225|
|Mark Loretta, SS-3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.287|
|Lance Berkman, RF||3||2||2||1||0||1||0||.263|
|a- Eric Bruntlett, PH-SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.271|
|Carlos Lee, LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.295|
|Luke Scott, LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.247|
|Mike Lamb, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.299|
|Ty Wigginton, 3B-RF||2||0||0||1||0||0||2||.278|
|Jason Lane, CF||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.175|
|Brad Ausmus, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.237|
|Wandy Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.156|
|b- Orlando Palmeiro, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.244|
|Matt Albers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.182|
|Trever Miller, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Craig Biggio, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.247|
|Jason Jennings, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.059|
|Brian Moehler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|d- Eric Munson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.296|
|a-grounded out for Berkman in the 8th|
|b-grounded out for Rodriguez in the 5th|
|c-grounded out for Miller in the 7th|
|d-lined out for Moehler in the 9th|
|HR - Lance Berkman (18, Carlyle)|
|SF - Chris Burke (1), Ty Wigginton (7)|
|SH - Wandy Rodriguez (9)|
|RBI - Chris Burke (16), Lance Berkman (67), Ty Wigginton (50)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Jason Lane 1|
|DP - Lane-Ausmus|
|Wandy Rodriguez (L,7-10)||4||6||8||8||5||4||1||4.72|
|Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 104-62, Matt Albers 32-17, Trever Miller 15-11, Jason Jennings 21-11, Brian Moehler 17-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 6-2, Matt Albers 1-1, Brian Moehler 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 23, Matt Albers 8, Trever Miller 4, Jason Jennings 5, Brian Moehler 4|
|Yunel Escobar, 2B-SS||5||1||3||2||0||1||0||.324|
|Edgar Renteria, SS||2||3||1||1||2||1||1||.337|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.297|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||1||2||0||0||3||0||0||.339|
|Chris Woodward, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.220|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||4||2||1||4||1||2||2||.297|
|Octavio Dotel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Andruw Jones, CF||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.218|
|Ron Mahay, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Scott Thorman, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.220|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||3||1||2||1||2||0||0||.303|
|Brian McCann, C||5||0||0||0||0||1||6||.262|
|Matt Diaz, LF||5||1||2||2||0||1||4||.341|
|Buddy Carlyle, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||4||.120|
|Oscar Villarreal, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Willie Harris, PH-CF||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.323|
|a-grounded out for Mahay in the 8th|
|b-walked for Villarreal in the 7th|
|2B - Yunel Escobar (10, Rodriguez), Matt Diaz (13, Rodriguez)|
|HR - Edgar Renteria (11, Rodriguez), Mark Teixeira (14, Albers)|
|RBI - Yunel Escobar 2 (14), Edgar Renteria (53), Kelly Johnson (56), Mark Teixeira 4 (53), Andruw Jones (70), Jeff Francoeur (70), Matt Diaz 2 (27)|
|2-OUT RBI - Yunel Escobar 2 (6)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Renteria-Teixeira|
|Buddy Carlyle (W,6-3)||5||5||2||2||0||2||1||4.20|
|HBP - Wigginton (by Buddy Carlyle)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Buddy Carlyle 71-46, Oscar Villarreal 26-15, Ron Mahay 16-8, Octavio Dotel 7-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Buddy Carlyle 5-7, Oscar Villarreal 2-4, Ron Mahay 2-0, Octavio Dotel 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Buddy Carlyle 20, Oscar Villarreal 9, Ron Mahay 4, Octavio Dotel 3|
|Attendance - 30785|
|Game Time - 2:52|
|Temperature - 87|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Charlie Reliford, Third Base - Greg Gibson|