Tigers fall short against Braves

Tigers fall short against Braves

BRAVES (ss) 4, TIGERS (ss) 3
at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Sunday, March 18

Tigers at the plate: Steve Torrealba's second-inning double accounted for the Tigers' only extra-base hit against Hudson. A Timo Perez double sparked a two-run seventh inning that included a Torrealba sacrifice fly and a David Espinosa pinch-hit RBI single.

Braves at the plate: Brian McCann drilled a solo homer to start off a two-run second inning, which included a Tim Hudson RBI single. Brandon Jones provided some cushion with a two-run homer in the sixth.

Tigers on the mound: Former Braves farmhand Zach Miner allowed two earned runs and five hits in three innings, and Chad Durbin allowed two earned runs and three hits in his three frames.

Braves on the mound: While limiting the Tigers to three hits over five scoreless innings, Hudson notched three strikeouts and threw 48 of his 74 pitches for strikes. Oscar Villarreal surrendered four hits and two earned runs in the seventh.

Grapefruit League records: Tigers 12-7-1; Braves 9-7-2.

Up next: Lefty Chuck James will start for the Braves on Monday, when they host the Indians at 1:05 p.m. ET.

The Tigers will send veteran Kenny Rogers to the mound in their Monday afternoon game against the Reds in Lakeland, Fla., at 1:05.

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