Astros 6, Braves 1

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - For starters, the Atlanta Braves have no complaints.

Tim Hudson became the third straight Atlanta starter to throw two scoreless innings this spring, keeping Houston from hitting a ball out of the infield in a 6-to-1 loss to the Astros Saturday.

Following the strong performances of Kyle Davies and John Smoltz, Hudson looked more like the pitcher who was a 20-game winner in Oakland than the guy who's still trying to live up to expectations in Atlanta.

Jason Jennings, who was acquired from Arizona to bolster Houston's rotation, looked good in his first appearance for the Astros.

The right-hander didn't allow a hit in his two-inning stint. He threw 17 of his 35 pitches for strikes, with two walks and two strikeouts.

Carlos Lee and Eric Bruntlett drove in two runs apiece for the Astros, while Jason Lane added a solo homer in the eighth.

The Astros jumped ahead in the third on Lee's two-out, run-scoring single off Anthony Lerew. Andruw Jones tied it up for Atlanta with an RBI single in the bottom half, but Houston took the lead for good in the fifth.

Jonathan Johnson (0-1), trying to make the Braves after retiring for nearly three years, gave up another run-scoring single to Lee. The right-hander surrendered two unearned runs in the sixth, further hurting his longshot chances to make the team.

Braves reliever Joey Devine had a wild ninth, hitting two batters, striking out two and giving up a run.

Dave Borkowski (1-0) picked up the win despite giving up Atlanta's lone run in two innings of work. Paul Estrada pitched two scoreless innings, while Ezequiel Astacio, Jimmy Barthmaier and Mark McLemore each finished up with a hitless inning.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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