Freeman goes deep as Stults stifles O's in spring finale

Braves end Grapefruit League season with win

Freeman goes deep as Stults stifles O's in spring finale

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Freddie Freeman belted a first-inning home run and Eric Stults delivered five strong innings as the Braves concluded the Grapefruit League season with Saturday afternoon's 5-3 win over the Orioles at Champion Stadium.

Freeman drilled his two-out homer in the first inning off Zach Davies, who ranks as Baltimore's fourth-best overall prospect. Davies allowed two hits to Alberto Callaspo, who doubled in the second inning and drove in A.J Pierzynski with a two-out single in the third inning.

After earning a spot in Atlanta's rotation on Friday, Stults experienced little trouble against an Orioles lineup that featured Christian Walker, who ranks as Baltimore's top offensive prospect. Walker recorded a pair of hits, including the last of the three consecutive fifth-inning singles that Stults allowed for his only earned run of the game.

Atlanta relievers Andrew McKirahan and Jason Grilli made their final preparations for the regular season by tossing a scoreless inning. Chris Parmelee's seventh-inning single led to an unearned run that came with the assistance of an errant pickoff throw made by Mike Foltynewicz, who is slated to begin the year in Triple-A Gwinnett's starting rotation.

Parmelee homered against Braves closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth. It was the only run Kimbrel allowed in six spring innings.

Braves up next: Julio Teheran gets the Opening Day nod for the Braves on the road against the Marlins Monday at 4:10 p.m. ET.

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