Atlanta beats Houston, falls to Toronto

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Atlanta's Freddie Freeman hits a two-run home run in the first inning of the Braves' 14-9 spring win over the Houston Astros.  EVAN VUCCI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Atlanta's Freddie Freeman hits a two-run home run in the first inning of the Braves' 14-9 spring win over the Houston Astros.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Freddie Freeman and rookie Evan Gattis each hit their second home run this spring and the Atlanta Braves beat the Houston Astros 14-9 Friday in a meeting of split squads.

In another split squad game, Josh Johnson struck out five in 3 2-3 perfect innings, leading the Toronto Blue Jays past the Braves 7-1.

In the win over the Astros, Freeman’s two-run shot off Jordan Lyles came in a six-run first inning. Gattis hit a three-run homer off Sam Demel in the second and added an RBI double the next inning.

Lyles gave up seven hits and six runs to nine batters. Demel, the first of seven Houston relievers, allowed five runs while getting only two outs.

Sean Gilmartin gave up two runs and five hits in three innings in his first start for the Braves.

Brandon Barnes hit his third home run of the spring for the Astros. Marc Krauss also homered and Trevor Crowe hit a bases-loaded triple.

In the loss to the Blue Jays, Johnson fanned four of his last five batters and lowered his spring ERA to 1.17. He was 8-14 with a 3.81 ERA for the Miami Marlins last season.

Braves starter Kris Medlen allowed three earned runs, including a homer by Anthony Gose. He struck out three and gave up five hits.

Gose had three hits and drove in two runs, improving his spring average to .375.

Rajai Davis had two hits and three RBI for the Blue Jays.

The Braves managed only two singles, including a hit by B.J. Upton.


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