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Teixeira era starts with 3-run shot as Braves win big -- again

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ATLANTA -- One game, one curtain call for Mark Teixeira.

Teixeira hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs in his Atlanta debut Wednesday night, leading the Braves to a 12-3 victory over the Houston Astros.

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.

Left-hander Ron Mahay, also acquired in the trade with Texas, and Octavio Dotel both made their Atlanta debuts by pitching a scoreless inning apiece to close the game.

Notes

  • Jennings made his first relief appearance in his 171st career game but is still scheduled to start on Saturday at Florida, according to Garner.
  • The Astros fell to 18-36 in road games -- the worst road mark in the NL.
  • Teixeira is the first player to hit a homer in his first game with Atlanta since Francoeur hit a homer in his major league debut July 7, 2005.
 
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Mark Teixeira is already in sync with Andruw Jones; both score on a Matt Diaz double in the first.  (AP)
Mark Teixeira is already in sync with Andruw Jones; both score on a Matt Diaz double in the first. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

Y. Escobar
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Atlanta

M. Teixeira
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
 

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Houston Astros
Chris Burke, 2B2001100 .225
Mark Loretta, SS-3B4000002 .287
Lance Berkman, RF3221010 .263
   a- Eric Bruntlett, PH-SS1000000 .271
Carlos Lee, LF3010001 .295
    Luke Scott, LF1000010 .247
Mike Lamb, 1B3010101 .299
Ty Wigginton, 3B-RF2001002 .278
Jason Lane, CF4120011 .175
Brad Ausmus, C4010012 .237
Wandy Rodriguez, P0000000 .156
   b- Orlando Palmeiro, PH1000000 .244
    Matt Albers, P0000000 .182
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
   c- Craig Biggio, PH1000000 .247
    Jason Jennings, P0000000 .059
    Brian Moehler, P0000000 .250
   d- Eric Munson, PH1000000 .296
Totals3037324  
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
Batting
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
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jason Lane 1
DP - Lane-Ausmus
Houston Astros
Wandy Rodriguez (L,7-10) 4688541 4.72
Matt Albers 1.1233221 5.93
Trever Miller 0.2200010 5.16
Jason Jennings 1211110 6.03
Brian Moehler 1000100 5.65
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
Atlanta Braves
Yunel Escobar, 2B-SS5132010 .324
Edgar Renteria, SS2311211 .337
    Kelly Johnson, 2B1011000 .297
Chipper Jones, 3B1200300 .339
    Chris Woodward, 3B1000000 .220
Mark Teixeira, 1B4214122 .297
    Octavio Dotel, P0000000 .000
Andruw Jones, CF4121001 .218
    Ron Mahay, P0000000 .000
   a- Scott Thorman, PH-1B1000000 .220
Jeff Francoeur, RF3121200 .303
Brian McCann, C5000016 .262
Matt Diaz, LF5122014 .341
Buddy Carlyle, P3000024 .120
    Oscar Villarreal, P0000000 .000
   b- Willie Harris, PH-CF0100100 .323
Totals3512121298  
a-grounded out for Mahay in the 8th
b-walked for Villarreal in the 7th
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Renteria-Teixeira
Atlanta Braves
Buddy Carlyle (W,6-3) 5522021 4.20
Oscar Villarreal 2211100 3.73
Ron Mahay 1000110 2.70
Octavio Dotel 1000010 3.75
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
Game Information
Attendance - 30785
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Charlie Reliford, Third Base - Greg Gibson