Freeman and Gattis homer as Braves top Astros

4:38 PM, Mar 8, 2013   |    comments
The Braves' 2013 batting practice caps (MLB.com)
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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.

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.

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