Bats warm up for two Braves

ATLANTA 5, MIAMI 5

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Tyler Pastornicky had four hits and Freddie Freeman added three and the Atlanta Braves tied the Miami Marlins 5-5 in 10 innings, just hours after Chipper Jones said he will retire at the end of the season.

Atlanta catcher David Ross waits to catch a pop up by Miami's Omar Infante, an ex-Brave, in the fifth inning.  PAUL SANCYA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Atlanta catcher David Ross waits to catch a pop up by Miami's Omar Infante, an ex-Brave, in the fifth inning.

Jones did not play on Thursday.

Pastornicky has struggled this spring, but lifted his batting average to .224. Freeman boosted his spring average to .216.

Brandon Beachy started for the Braves and allowed four runs in five innings. He walked one and struggled with his control, but four relievers came in and allowed only one run.

Ricky Nolasco, who went 10-12 with a 4.67 ERA in 33 starts last season, most of any returning Marlin, allowed three runs in 4⅓ innings, walking two. Jose Reyes and John Buck each had two hits and a double for Miami.

“I wanted to go five innings,” Nolasco said. “I am just having trouble getting ahead of hitters. My adrenaline is flowing and it is affecting my fastball.”

Nolasco is expected to be part of a rotation that includes Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson and Carlos Zambrano. He has two more starts in the spring and said he knows he needs to make adjustments before the season starts.

“I am still getting it together,” Nolasco said. “There’s some pressure, but I can only get better. I’m not worried yet.”


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