The Astros produced a decisive two-run sixth inning against J.R. Graham, a highly regarded pitching prospect who missed most of last season with a sore right shoulder. Graham allowed three hits, including doubles by Max Stassi and Marwin Gonzalez, while recording just two outs.
After Freddie Freeman lined a game-tying single off right-handed pitcher Matt Albers' glove in the fourth inning, the Astros regained the lead with a two-run fifth inning. Marc Krauss and Chris Carter highlighted the frame with RBI doubles against Braves right-handed setup man Jordan Walden.
Despite issuing four walks in his two-inning stint, Astros starter Harrell limited his damage to the one run he surrendered in the first inning. Beachy surrendered five hits and recorded just five outs before being lifted after he exceeded his pitch count during Fowler's second-inning at-bat. The Atlanta right-hander was making his first appearance since having a bone chip removed from his right elbow in September.
Up next: Scott Feldman, who signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Astros this past offseason, makes his debut for Houston when it travels to Lakeland, Fla., to face the Tigers at 12:05 p.m. CT Saturday. Feldman pitched for the Rangers from 2005-12 before splitting last year between the Cubs and Orioles. He's likely going to be the Astros' Opening Day starter.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.