Pence's two-run triple lifts Astros

Pence's two-run triple lifts Astros

at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Saturday, March 8

Astros at the plate: Hunter Pence enjoyed a two-hit, three-RBI afternoon that was highlighted by a fifth-inning, two-run triple. Leadoff hitter Michael Bourn drew two walks and stole two bases to raise his Grapefruit League total to four.

Braves at the plate: Chipper Jones's two-hit day began with a first-inning RBI single and ended with a sixth-inning double that gave Mark Kotsay the chance to deliver an RBI single. Yunel Escobar also enjoyed a two-hit afternoon to give him 12 hits in his first 21 Grapefruit League at-bats.

Astros on the mound: Wandy Rodriguez allowed one earned run and three hits while recording five strikeouts in four innings. Wesley Wright, who was obtained in December's Rule 5 Draft, tossed a perfect fifth inning and has allowed just one earned run in four appearances.

Braves on the mound: Although he threw just 23 of his 52 pitches for strikes, Jo-Jo Reyes still allowed just one earned run in two innings. His line included five walks and four strikeouts. Blaine Boyer surrendered just one hit in two scoreless innings.

Grapefruit League records: Astros 5-6; Braves 6-4 (both teams had split-squad games on Saturday).

Up next: Tim Hudson will make his Grapefruit League start on Sunday afternoon, when the Braves host the Cardinals. The Astros will send Jack Cassel to the mound to start their Sunday afternoon game against the Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla. First pitch for both games is 1:05 p.m. ET.

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