Astros 4, Braves 2

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Houston center fielder Chris Burke had two hits, including a solo homer off Atlanta starter Craig James, as the Astros defeated the Braves 4-to-2 Wednesday.

Entering the game, Burke was just 2-for-34 this spring, with his only hits coming in a March 2nd game.

His first hit came in the second inning on a line drive up the middle that bounced off James' glove. He narrowly beat the throw to first. In the fourth, he hit the first pitch over the left-field wall for his first homer of the spring.

The Braves got four innings from James, who allowed five hits and three runs with one strikeout and two walks. Bob Wickman, who hadn't allowed a run in four one-inning appearances this spring, gave up a home run to Lance Berkman in the fifth.

Atlanta's Jeff Francoeur continued his strong start. Francoeur was 2-for-3 to put his spring average at .414.

Scott Thorman had two doubles, an R-B-I and scored once for the Braves, and Ryan Langerhans also had a double.

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