Altuve turns in two-hit performance against Braves

Altuve turns in two-hit performance against Braves

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Houston second baseman Jose Altuve recorded a pair of hits and Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman delivered an RBI single as the Braves and Astros played to a 2-2 tie at Osceola County Stadium on Monday afternoon. The teams agreed to halt play after nine innings.

Altuve began his two-hit performance with a leadoff double that put him in position to score when Marwin Gonzalez and Colby Rasmus followed with consecutive groundouts. Braves starter Alex Wood encountered more trouble in the second inning, when he issued a two-out walk to L.J. Hoes and then allowed Gregorio Petit to lace a double to the left-field corner.

While Wood got through his final two innings of work without incurring any further damage, Astros starter Dallas Keuchel exited after allowing his only two runs in the third inning. John Buck started the top of the third with a home run. Eury Perez followed with the first of his two doubles and scored on Freeman's game-tying single.

Chad Qualls, Josh Fields and Tony Sipp all produced scoreless relief outings for the Astros. Former Houston reliever Jose Veras enhanced his bid for a spot in Atlanta's bullpen by tossing a scoreless fifth inning.

Up next: Roberto Hernandez will continue his push to secure the final spot in the club's starting rotation when the Astros travel to Bradenton to face the Pirates at 12:05 p.m. CT at McKechnie Field. Hernandez has made two relief appearances, totaling a 3.60 ERA over five innings of work. The game will also be televised on MLB.TV.

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