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Berkman Sparks Astros to Win in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Lance Berkman hit a first-inning homer, Hunter Pence had three hits and the Houston Astros responded to their manager's call for more offense with a 5-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.

Before the game, manager Cecil Cooper said, "Our big horses have got to hit. If they don't hit, the wagon don't move!"

The Astros had 12 hits, including Berkman's sixth homer, a liner off Jair Jurrjens that barely cleared the left-field wall.

Houston still led 1-0 in the second inning when a rain delay of 1 hour, 37 minutes took both starting pitchers out of the game.

Tim Byrdak (1-0) gave up two hits in 2 1-3 scoreless innings. Chipper Jones' error helped the Astros score three runs off Buddy Carlyle (0-1) in the fourth.


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