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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - This is how Julio Teheran won a spot in the Atlanta Braves' rotation.

The rookie right-hander struck out 10 in six hitless innings and Dan Uggla hit one of three homers for a split-squad of Braves, who beat the Houston Astros 3-2 on Saturday.

Teheran, Atlanta's fifth starter, walked three while lowering his ERA to 1.04 in six starts.

"That's a really good arm," Astros manager Bo Porter said.

Teheran also pitched five hitless innings against St. Louis on March 12. He has allowed just seven hits over 26 innings this spring while striking out 35 and walking nine.

"My first goal was to make the team from spring training and I did," said Teheran, who was notified he made the rotation on Thursday. "That was my motivation."

Two of Teheran's walks and three of his strikeouts came in the first inning.

"I was trying to be too fine," he said. "But from then I was good. Most of my strikeouts were with the curveball."

The 22-year-old right-hander from Colombia struggled last season in Triple-A, but Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez thinks he learned from the experience.

"You have to give Julio credit," Gonzalez said. "He had some adversity last year and is the better for it. He's matured."

The Astros had just one hit until the ninth inning, when Rick Ankiel belted a two-run homer off Braves closer Craig Kimbrel.

Ankiel also had Houston's other hit, a single in the seventh inning. The outfielder, in camp on a minor league deal, is batting .361 (13 for 36) this spring.

Evan Gattis and Uggla went deep in the second inning and Jordan Parraz connected in the fifth against Astros starter Phillip Humber.

It was the third homer in two games for Gattis, who has five this spring and is bidding to win a job as the Braves' backup catcher.

Humber, who will start the Astros' third game of the season, allowed no other hits in his six innings. He struck out four and walked none.

"The solo homers usually don't beat you," Porter said. "He left a couple of balls up."

Humber, who fell on hard times after pitching a perfect game for the Chicago White Sox last season, had allowed just two hits over nine scoreless innings in his previous two Grapefruit League starts.

It was home run or nothing for the Braves, who didn't have any other baserunners.

Atlanta should have plenty of power this year with the addition of brothers Justin and B.J. Upton, and they're off to a nice start this spring. Saturday's other split-squad went deep twice in a 10-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, giving the team 42 home runs in 30 Grapefruit League games.

NOTES: 1B Nate Freiman, a Rule 5 selection by the Astros from San Diego, was claimed off waivers by Oakland. ... Braves C Brain McCann, rehabbing from right shoulder surgery, will be able to bat in simulated games by the middle of next week, general manager Frank Wren said. McCann won't be cleared for full game action until at least April 16 - six months after his surgery. ... RHP Kris Medlen will make his sixth and final Grapefruit League start for the Braves on Sunday against Washington in Viera. He gave up 14 hits and nine runs in five innings on Monday against Philadelphia. ... Astros RF Fernando Martinez, who had to leave a game a week ago with back tightness, played four innings and was 0 for 2.

 
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Players of the Game
Houston

R. Ankiel
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Atlanta

J. Teheran
IP 6.0
H 0
ER 0
BB 3
K 10
 

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Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Altuve, 2B4000020 .345
Brett Wallace, 3B3000110 .286
Carlos Pena, 1B4000031 .250
Chris Carter, LF2100110 .268
Fernando Martinez, RF2000012 .308
    Rick Ankiel, RF2122000 .395
Justin Maxwell, CF4000031 .157
Jason Castro, C2000000 .382
    Carlos Corporan, C1000001 .357
Marwin Gonzalez, SS2000100 .238
Philip Humber, P2000021 .000
    Josh Fields, P0000000 .000
   a- Brandon Barnes, PH1000000 .306
    Rhiner Cruz, P0000000 .000
Totals29222313  
a-grounded out for Fields in the 8th
Batting
2B - Rick Ankiel (4, Walden)
HR - Rick Ankiel (3, Kimbrel)
RBI - Rick Ankiel 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Rick Ankiel 2 (2)
Team LOB - 4
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Philip Humber (L,1-2) 6333043 2.25
Josh Fields 1000010 3.12
Rhiner Cruz 1000010 1.59
Pitches-Strikes - Philip Humber 37-32, Josh Fields 5-5, Rhiner Cruz 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Philip Humber 5-9
Batters Faced - Philip Humber 21, Josh Fields 3, Rhiner Cruz 3
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andrelton Simmons, SS3000000 .267
    Joe Leonard, 1B-3B0000000 .267
Jordan Schafer, CF3000010 .232
Freddie Freeman, 1B3000000 .348
    Jordan Walden, P0000000 .000
    Jose Constanza, LF-RF0000000 .300
Dan Uggla, 2B3111010 .215
    Jose Peraza, SS0000000 .000
Juan Francisco, 3B3000000 .333
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Robert Hefflinger, LF0000000 .000
Evan Gattis, C3111000 .388
Joe Terdoslavich, RF-1B3000010 .405
Jordan Parraz, LF-RF3111010 .300
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
Julio Teheran, P2000010 .000
    Tyler Pastornicky, SS-2B1000010 .389
Totals2733306  
Batting
HR - Dan Uggla (2, Humber), Evan Gattis (5, Humber), Jordan Parraz (3, Humber)
RBI - Dan Uggla (5), Evan Gattis (14), Jordan Parraz (6)
2-OUT RBI - Jordan Parraz (1)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Julio Teheran (W,3-1) 60003100 1.04
Jordan Walden (H,2) 1100010 6.00
Eric O'Flaherty (H,3) 1000010 0.00
Craig Kimbrel (S,1) 1122011 7.50
HBP - Carter (by Craig Kimbrel)
Pitches-Strikes - Julio Teheran 50-38, Jordan Walden 6-6, Eric O'Flaherty 5-5, Craig Kimbrel 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Julio Teheran 6-2, Eric O'Flaherty 1-1
Batters Faced - Julio Teheran 21, Jordan Walden 4, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Craig Kimbrel 5
Game Information
Attendance - 6890
Game Time - 2:15
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Paul Nauert