Heyward, Bourn homer in Braves win over Astros

Atlanta's Tommy Hanson made his spring training debut on Friday. The right-hander, who suffered a concussion in an auto accident earlier this spring, struck out three.



KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Jason Heyward hit a grand slam off Wandy Rodriguez for his second homer in three games and Michael Bourn hit a two-run shot as the Atlanta Braves beat the Houston Astros 9-5 on Friday night.

Tommy Hanson, making his spring debut after having his first start cut shot by rain, pitched three innings and gave up two runs, including a homer by Travis Buck. The right-hander struck out three, walked none and gave up five hits.

Hanson, who was 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA last season, didn’t pitch after Aug. 6 because of shoulder woes and got a delayed start this spring after sustaining a concussion in an auto accident.

Rodriguez hadn’t pitched in 10 days because of a rainout and allowed five hits and a walk in a five-run first inning. He left with one out in the fourth after Bourn followed a second walk with his home run.


MARLINS: In Jupiter, Fla., Miami newcomer Mark Buehrle was tagged for five runs in 2⅓ innings in a 5-0 loss to St. Louis.

Buehrle allowed six hits and walked two in his second spring training start. He threw 70 pitches against what could be the Cardinals’ opening day lineup.

St. Louis’ Matt Holliday hit his first home run of the spring and is batting .500 in exhibition play.


METS: In Port St. Lucie, Fla., New York ace Johan Santana struggled for the first time this spring and was pulled in the third inning of a 9-0 loss to Detroit.

Out of the majors last year while recovering from shoulder surgery, Santana had not allowed a run in his first two exhibition starts. But the two-time Cy Young gave up five runs – four earned – on four hits and two walks in 2⅔ innings.

Santana retired his first four batters, but seven of the next 10 hitters reached base against the left-hander.


PHILLIES: In Bradenton, Fla., Cliff Lee allowed two home runs in 4⅔ innings in a loss to Pittsburgh.

Starling Marte took Lee deep in the first and later singled against the former Cy Young winner. Lee allowed three runs on five hits and a walk. He struck out five.

• Philadelphia released left-hander Dontrelle Willis.

The 30-year-old Willis signed a deal with the Phillies this offseason and was competing for a bullpen spot this spring.

A two-time All Star with the Florida Marlins, Willis has pitched for four teams in nine seasons, all of them as a starter.


NATIONALS: In Tampa, Fla., Gio Gonzalez pitched into the fourth inning and allowed one run for Washington in a loss to the New York Yankees.

Gonzalez gave up two hits and three walk in 3⅓ innings. He had six strikeouts. The Nationals’ new starter called the outing “a good stepping stone.”

Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run homer for the Yankees. CC Sabathia was touched for three runs and six hits over three innings. Phil Hughes gave up three hits in four scoreless innings.

• Washington manager Davey Johnson said right-hander Chien-Ming Wang, who strained his left hamstring fielding a grounder Thursday, will be out a couple weeks.