Atlanta at Houston

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Atlanta (7-8) «65300000014170
Houston (6-6)1010210409142

Braves 14, Astros 9

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - The Houston Astros hope the regular season doesn't look like this.

The Atlanta Braves sent 26 batters to the plate over the first three innings, piling up 14 runs and 14 hits - six of them for extra bases - in a 14-9 split-squad win Friday.

Starter Jordan Lyles was pounded for six runs and seven hits while getting just two outs and facing nine batters.

"Definitely not concerned, but I don't think anybody's happy with giving up runs after runs," the 22-year-old right-hander said. "It's part of the game, but I think next time I'll start mixing in my cutter and slider. I think the results will be different when I start mixing in all those pitches and start going for outs more than quality strikes."

Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer off Lyles and rookie Evan Gattis had one off reliever Sam Demel. Freeman hit his second home run of spring training and scored three times. Johnson had two of the Braves' 17 hits and scored three runs. Gattis, who had hits in each of the first three innings, drove in four runs.

"Some balls run, some balls stay straight. It's just a mixture of things this early on," Lyles said. "Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying here's the ball, hit it as far as you can, but ... yeah, guys are going to see the box score and they're not going to be happy, but I'm getting myself ready for April."

Lyles has allowed 20 hits in five innings. His 25.20 ERA in two spring training starts looks ugly.

"There are some things that we would want to address. The ball looks elevated a little bit," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "But we're not worried about it. We're going to continue to work, he's going to continue to get the ball. There's still a lot of time left in spring training and we feel confident he'll be ready to go when the season starts. We expect him to be part of our rotation."

After losing 106 games in 2011 and 107, the Astros already have a banged up potential rotation, with Lucas Harrell slowed by a strained groin and Erik Bedard by a strained gluteal muscley.

"We're not concerned at all," Porter said. "If Sunday were a regular-season game, Harrell would definitely make his start. It's more precautionary than anything. Even Bedard got on the mound today and pitched a little bit. If those guys had to push themselves because we were in the regular season, they would definitely be able to do that."

Demel did little better, giving up five runs, three hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning. Wesley Wright, one of just four Astros making more than $1 million, allowed three runs in two-thirds of an inning.

"On a positive note, I want to stress this - from the fourth inning on we won the ballgame 7-0," Porter said. "It speaks to the never-say-die attitude of our ballclub and these guys fighting back to make it a ballgame. When you have guys diving after balls in this type of game, we take notice of those things. Even in the last inning, we sat there and said let's find some way to get the tying run to the plate."

Braves starter Sean Gilmartin, making his first spring training start of the year, gave up two runs and five hits in three innings.

With Houston trailing 14-1, Gilmartin hit his third exhibition homer starting the third. Marc Krauss homered in the fifth against Christhian Martinez, and Trevor Crowe hit a bases-loaded triple.

 
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Players of the Game
Houston

B. Barnes
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Atlanta

E. Gattis
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
 

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Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordan Schafer, RF4000012 .286
    Josh Kroeger, RF2010000 .500
Reed Johnson, CF3210100 .185
    Todd Cunningham, CF1000001 .273
Freddie Freeman, 1B2312200 .355
    William Beckwith, 1B2000002 .000
Dan Uggla, 2B4121011 .200
    Luis Nunez, 2B-SS1000001 .000
Chris Johnson, 3B4322011 .385
    Kyle Kubitza, 3B1000000 .000
Evan Gattis, LF4334010 .440
   a- Christian Marrero, PH-LF10100001.000
Joe Terdoslavich, DH5122001 .542
Tyler Pastornicky, SS4122011 .393
   b- Corey Wimberly, PH-2B1000001 .000
Matt Pagnozzi, C4021001 .308
    Braeden Schlehuber, C1000010 .000
Totals4414171436  
a-singled for Gattis in the 8th
b-grounded out for Pastornicky in the 8th
Batting
2B - Reed Johnson (1, Lyles), Chris Johnson (1, Demel), Evan Gattis (3, Wright), Joe Terdoslavich (2, Lyles), Tyler Pastornicky (1, Ely)
HR - Freddie Freeman (2, Lyles), Evan Gattis (2, Demel)
RBI - Freddie Freeman 2 (4), Dan Uggla (2), Chris Johnson 2 (6), Evan Gattis 4 (7), Joe Terdoslavich 2 (6), Tyler Pastornicky 2 (9), Matt Pagnozzi (4)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Johnson (2), Evan Gattis (1), Joe Terdoslavich 2 (3), Tyler Pastornicky 2 (3), Matt Pagnozzi (1)
SB - Tyler Pastornicky (2, 2nd base off Lyles/C. Wallace)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Pastornicky-Uggla-Freeman
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Sean Gilmartin (W,1-1) 3522011 6.75
Cory Gearrin (H,4) 1100110 0.00
Cristhian Martinez (H,3) 2433031 7.36
David Carpenter (H,2) 1.2444120 15.19
Yohan Flande 1.1000010 11.81
HBP - Laird (by David Carpenter)
Pitches-Strikes - Sean Gilmartin 16-16, Cory Gearrin 10-6, Cristhian Martinez 19-18, David Carpenter 18-13, Yohan Flande 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean Gilmartin 3-4, Cory Gearrin 1-1, David Carpenter 1-2, Yohan Flande 3-0
Batters Faced - Sean Gilmartin 13, Cory Gearrin 5, Cristhian Martinez 10, David Carpenter 11, Yohan Flande 4
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brandon Barnes, RF2221000 .368
   a- Trevor Crowe, PH-CF3113001 .250
Jose Altuve, 2B2010000 .348
   b- Jimmy Paredes, PH-RF3000021 .105
Chris Carter, LF2010000 .231
   c- Brandon Laird, PH-1B2121000 .429
Justin Maxwell, DH2000000 .174
   d- Marc Krauss, PH-DH3112012 .364
Nate Freiman, 1B2000001 .261
   e- Tyler Greene, PH-SS3000011 .091
George Springer, CF2000020 .333
    Jake Goebbert, LF3000010 .200
Matt Dominguez, 3B2020000 .316
    Jose Martinez, 3B3220000 .417
Marwin Gonzalez, SS1000101 .400
    Delino Deshields Jr., 2B2110011 .200
Chris Wallace, C2000003 .000
    Jason Jaramillo, C1111100 .400
Totals40914828  
a-flied out for Barnes in the 5th
b-struck out for Altuve in the 5th
c-singled for Carter in the 5th
d-homered for Maxwell in the 5th
e-struck out for Freiman in the 5th
Batting
2B - Matt Dominguez (3, Gilmartin), Jose Martinez (1, Cr. Martinez), Delino Deshields Jr. (1, Carpenter), Jason Jaramillo (1, Cr. Martinez)
3B - Trevor Crowe (2, Carpenter)
HR - Brandon Barnes (3, Gilmartin), Marc Krauss (1, Cr. Martinez)
RBI - Brandon Barnes (3), Trevor Crowe 3 (5), Brandon Laird (7), Marc Krauss 2 (4), Jason Jaramillo (1)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Laird (1), Marc Krauss 2 (2), Jason Jaramillo (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
PB - Chris Wallace (1)
E - Marwin Gonzalez (2, Throwing), Jimmy Paredes (1, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jordan Lyles (L,0-3) 0.2766001 25.20
Sam Demel 0.2355201 42.43
C.J. Fick 0.2100010 0.00
Wesley Wright 0.2333110 13.50
Jose Valdez 0.1000010 3.38
Hector Ambriz 1000000 4.50
John Ely 3100020 6.75
Ross Seaton 2200010 0.00
HBP - Cunningham (by John Ely)
WP - Sam Demel (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Lyles 11-9, Sam Demel 13-5, C.J. Fick 5-5, Wesley Wright 12-7, Jose Valdez 3-3, Hector Ambriz 3-3, John Ely 15-14, Ross Seaton 10-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Lyles 1-1, Sam Demel 1-1, Hector Ambriz 1-2, John Ely 4-3, Ross Seaton 2-3
Batters Faced - Jordan Lyles 9, Sam Demel 7, C.J. Fick 3, Wesley Wright 6, Jose Valdez 1, Hector Ambriz 3, John Ely 11, Ross Seaton 8
Game Information
Attendance - 2137
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Andy Fletcher