Braves offense muted as Foltynewicz has rough first

Error contributes to five-run frame in split-squad loss to Tigers

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Anthony Gose sparked a five-run first-inning with a leadoff triple and Shane Green solidified his spot in Detroit's rotation by completing three perfect innings in Friday's 12-2 Tigers victory against a split-squad Atlanta lineup that included Andrelton Simmons, Freddie Freeman and A.J. Pierzynski.

Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz certainly did not improve his bid for a rotation spot as he retired just two of the eight batters he faced before exiting with the bases loaded in the first inning. Folytnewicz, who ranks as the top pitching prospect in Atlanta's system, surrendered a pair of two-out singles before ending his day with consecutive walks, the second of which Andrew Romine drew with the bases loaded.

Foltynewicz might have escaped having allowed just one run had second baseman Alberto Callaspo not booted Tyler Collins' two-out grounder. Jordan Lennerton and James McCann followed the Callaspo error with consecutive singles. Josh Wilson capped the early uprising with a two-run single off Todd Coffey.

Greene notched a pair of strikeouts and allowed the Braves to hit just two balls out of the infield during his perfect outing. It was an impressive rebound performance for the former Yankees right-hander, who had allowed the Astros three runs over two innings in his only previous start this year.

Freeman's two-out single off Joba Chamberlain in the fourth inning produced the first baserunner for the Braves, who did not dent the scoreboard until Josh Zeid surrendered a Zoilo Almonte sacrifice fly and Cedric Hunter RBI single during a two-run seventh inning.

Braves Up Next: Wandy Rodriguez will resume his rotation battle when the Braves host the Astros on Saturday at 6:05 p.m. ET in a game airing on Gameday Audio. After laboring through his Grapefruit League season debut, Rodriguez bounced back with three scoreless innings against the Nationals on Monday.

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