Houston at Atlanta

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Houston (14-16)000000000061
Atlanta (20-15) «10100000x250

Braves 2, Astros 0

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Paul Maholm extended his streak of not allowing an earned run to 24 2-3 innings as the Atlanta Braves beat a split squad of Houston Astros 2-0 on Thursday in the final Grapefruit League game for both teams.

Both teams left Florida almost immediately following a game that lasted just 2 hours, 7 minutes. Most starters gone well before the end.

Maholm allowed only two hits with two strikeouts in four innings to end the spring with an ERA of 1.53. Braves reliever Craig Kimbrel, who had 42 saves last season but has struggled during camp, walked two in one inning. He had a 5.63 ERA.

Lucas Harrell pitched six innings and allowed one run - a homer to Andrelton Simmons in the first. Harrell, the Astros No. 2 starter, will pitch on Tuesday against the Texas Rangers.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he team was ready to head to Atlanta and prepare for Monday's opener against the Philadelphia Phillies.

"We still have some decisions to make, but we're ready to go home," Gonzalez said. "It's been a long spring."

NOTES: RHP Edgar Gonzalez was assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. He was in camp as a non-roster invitee. . Manager Bo Porter announced that RHP Brad Peacock would fill the No. 4 hole in the Astros' rotation and the RHP Alex White will pitch out of the bullpen. . Porter also announced that RHP Josh Fields and RHP Rhiner Cruz made the club. . White will start on Friday at Minute Maid Park in Houston against Edwin Jackson of the Chicago Cubs. ... The Braves' 20th win marked only the third time since the franchise moved to Atlanta in 1966 that they have won 20 games in the Grapefruit League. . C Brian McCann, who will start the season on the disabled list with a right shoulder injury, played in a minor league game on Wednesday and went 2 for 3 with an RBI single. . Entering Thursday's game, the Braves led all National League teams in his (339) and home run (48). . After a day off, LHP Mike Minor will start the final exhibition game of the spring at Triple-A Mississippi.

 
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Players of the Game
Houston

L. Harrell
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 1
K 5
Atlanta

A. Simmons
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brandon Barnes, RF2000001 .261
    Michael Burgess, PR-RF1000002 .200
Brett Wallace, 1B2010110 .283
    Jesse Wierzbicki, PR-1B1000000 .000
Justin Maxwell, CF3000014 .158
    Austin Wates, CF1000000 .000
Brandon Laird, 3B3010013 .328
    Nolan Fontana, 3B1000000 .000
Carlos Corporan, C3000004 .275
    Roberto Pena, C10100001.000
Trevor Crowe, LF3010010 .263
    Jake Goebbert, LF1010000 .286
Marwin Gonzalez, SS3000001 .250
    Jiovanni Mier, SS1000012 .000
Jose Martinez, 2B3010010 .324
    Enrique Hernandez, PR-2B0000100 .000
Preston Tucker, DH1000303 .000
Totals3006056  
Batting
SB - Preston Tucker (1, 2nd base off Kimbrel/Gattis)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Corporan-Jo. Martinez, Corporan-Jo. Martinez
E - Brandon Barnes (1, Throwing)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lucas Harrell (L,1-1) 6421151 2.25
Luis Cruz 2100020 0.00
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lucas Harrell 7-4, Luis Cruz 4-0
Batters Faced - Lucas Harrell 21, Luis Cruz 7
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andrelton Simmons, SS3111000 .241
    Jose Yepez, C1000001 .250
Jason Heyward, RF2000100 .254
    Jordan Schafer, PR-LF^CF0000000 .242
Justin Upton, LF3110011 .286
    Robert Hefflinger, RF00000001.000
Freddie Freeman, 1B3010000 .342
    Christian Marrero, 1B00000001.000
B.J. Upton, CF3000011 .347
    David Rohm, LF0000000 .000
Dan Uggla, 2B3000020 .200
    Luis Nunez, 2B0000000 .667
Juan Francisco, 3B2000000 .333
    Edward Salcedo, 3B1000000 .500
Gerald Laird, C1000000 .154
    Evan Gattis, C1010000 .368
    Ramiro Pena, SS1010000 .320
    Elmer Reyes, PR-SS0000000 .000
   a- Reed Johnson, PH1000011 .194
   b- Chris Johnson, PH1000011 .361
Totals2725117  
a-struck out for Walden in the 5th
b-struck out for Varvaro in the 8th
Batting
HR - Andrelton Simmons (3, Harrell)
RBI - Andrelton Simmons (5)
CS - Jordan Schafer (5, 2nd base by Harrell/Corporan), Evan Gattis (1, 2nd base by Harrell/Corporan)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Simmons-Uggla-Freeman, Uggla-Pena-Freeman, Russell-Salcedo
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Paul Maholm (W,4-1) 4200120 1.53
Jordan Walden (H,4) 1000020 3.60
Craig Kimbrel (H,2) 1000210 5.63
Mark Lamm (H,1) 1200100 0.00
Anthony Varvaro (H,4) 1000000 4.26
Andrew Russell (S,1) 1200110 2.45
HBP - Barnes (by Craig Kimbrel)
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 6-3, Mark Lamm 2-0, Anthony Varvaro 1-2
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 14, Jordan Walden 3, Craig Kimbrel 6, Mark Lamm 5, Anthony Varvaro 3, Andrew Russell 5
Game Information
Attendance - 7435
Game Time - 2:09
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Manny Gonzalez, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Jeff Gosney, Third Base - Sam Holbrook