Freeman powers Braves to back sharp Teheran

Freeman powers Braves to back sharp Teheran

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- After gaining an early advantage courtesy of an unearned run Julio Teheran surrendered in the first inning, Bartolo Colon nearly got through his three-inning stint unscathed. But Freddie Freeman denied Colon's bid when he lined a three-run home run over the right-field wall with two outs in the third inning of the Braves' eventual 3-2 win over the Mets on Tuesday at Champion Stadium.

Colon seemed to be battling some fatigue, as he surrendered four of the five hits charged to him during the third inning. Before Freeman tallied his second homer of the Grapefruit League season, Mets right fielder Cesar Puello produced a strong throw that denied Eury Perez's bid to score on Phil Gosselin's one-out single.

Teheran notched four strikeouts and issued a pair of walks during his three innings of work. The lone run he surrendered came after Mallex Smith dropped a routine fly ball in right-center field. This set the stage for Kirk Nieuwenhuis to trot home on John Mayberry Jr.'s one-out single to right field in the first inning.

Craig Kimbrel worked a scoreless sixth inning while making his first appearance of the Grapefruit League season. Kimbrel surrrended a leadoff infield single to Puello and then picked the young outfielder off first base. The Braves closer also issued a two-out walk before getting Nieuwenhuis to end the inning with a weak grounder to the right side.

Up next: Alex Wood will make his second appearance of the year when the Braves host the Cardinals on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. ET on Gameday Audio. Infielder Jace Peterson and outfielder Eric Young Jr., who have been two of the most pleasant surprises in camp, are expected to be in the lineup to resume their attempts to gain roster spots.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.