Astros no-hit, but play to 10-inning tie with Braves

Astros no-hit, but play to 10-inning tie with Braves

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Nine Braves pitchers combined to no-hit the Astros, who managed to scratch out a pair of runs in the seventh inning Sunday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium in a game that finished in a 2-2, 10-inning tie.

Houston loaded the bases in the seventh on a pair of walks and a hit batsman. Ronald Torreyes' fielder's choice tied the game at 1, and Nolan Fontana followed with an RBI groundout to give the Astros a 2-1 lead. Todd Cunningham's sac fly for Atlanta tied it at 2 in the eighth.

Braves starter Cody Martin walked a pair and struck out three batters in two innings. Ian Thomas walked the bases loaded in the sixth, but he got Jason Castro to fly out to preserve the no-hit bid. In all, Atlanta walked nine.

Astros starter Scott Feldman, last year's Opening Day starter, threw two innings in his first outing of the spring, giving up two hits, one walk and one run. He threw 24 of his 39 pitches for strikes.

"It was good to get out there and get the rust off a little bit," Feldman said. "We always work hard in the offseason -- most of us do -- and still the first time we go out there and pitch in a game, it always feels a little weird. You wonder if you're going to even be able to find the strike zone. It was good."

Jace Peterson led off the game for the Braves with a single, and he scored two outs later on a bloop single to left by A.J. Pierzynski.

Up next for Astros: Roberto Hernandez, who reported to camp late last week after visa issues delayed travel from his native Dominican Republic, will make his first appearance for the club when he comes on in relief in Monday's 12:05 p.m. CT game against the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla., which can be heard live on Gameday Audio. Hernandez is vying for a spot in the Astros' rotation. Collin McHugh will start the game for Houston and is scheduled to pitch three innings.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.