Braves' Brandon Beachy sharp in second spring outing

Atlanta 2, Philadelphia 2

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CLEARWATER, Fla. — Brandon Beachy pitched three no-hit innings in his second start since having shoulder surgery in Septem­ber and B.J. Upton doubled among his two hits for the Atlanta Braves, who tied the Philadelphia Phillies 2-2 on Wednesday.

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Philadelphia's Domonic Brown slides safely into second base before Atlanta's Dan Uggla can apply the tag.  CHARLIE NEIBERGALL/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Philadelphia's Domonic Brown slides safely into second base before Atlanta's Dan Uggla can apply the tag.

Beachy’s outing was a significant improvement over his first outing, when he gave up five hits and two runs in 12/3 innings against Houston.

Upton is trying to rebound from a horrid first season in Atlanta. He hit .184 in 126 games after signing for five years and $75 million.

Kevin Frandsen drove in Bobby Abreu in the fourth inning for the Phillies’ first run. Frandsen was 2 for 3.

Sean O’Sullivan pitched three shutout innings despite giving up three hits and a walk.

STARTING TIME: Beachy said that his arm feels fine, a change from most of the past two seasons.

Beachy had Tommy John surgery in June 2012 and a minor shoulder operation in September 2013.

“I felt better. More comfortable out there. Turned it up a little more,” he said. “I don’t know what the radar gun said or anything like that, but I felt like I had my legs under me a little bit better in the third inning.”

TRAINER’S ROOM: Darin Ruf was hit in the head by a throw while sliding into third base in the fourth inning. Ruf, however, popped up after a minute or so and stayed in the game.

“He’s all right, got him half-and-half on the helmet and the head,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.

• Phillies third baseman Cody Asche will start today’s split-squad game against the Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. Asche has missed the last three games after getting hit by a pitch on his right hand.

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