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Braves fall to split-squad Astros 4-3 despite Acuna homer

There was a lot to like on Monday despite the Braves falling to the Astros.

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Ronald Acuna Jr. connected for his first home run of the spring, but Julio Teheran struggled in his first start of the spring as the Braves fell to the split squad Astros by the score of 4-3.

Julio had a weird first inning of the season. He struck out three batters, but he also gave up a double and then a home run to Derek Fisher which gave the Astros a quick 2-0 lead. The Astros would score another run in the third inning on a throwing error from Freddie Freeman on a play at the plate to make it 3-0.

Once Teheran left after the third inning, Kolby Allard came in and pitched two innings. He did not strike out a batter and gave up a pair of walks as well as a solo shot to Nick Tanielu which would give the Astros their final run of the game. Grant Dayton, Sam Freeman, and Michael Mader would close out the game for the Braves with four scoreless innings of relief.

The Braves did mount a comeback which was started with Ronald Acuna Jr. connecting for his first home run of the spring to dead center field.

The Braves offense was quiet again until the 8th inning when long time Braves farmhand Sean Kazmar connected on a two-run home run to bring the Braves within one. In the ninth inning, Drew Lugbauer did connect for a single to bring the winning run to the plate, but unfortunately Greyson Jenista and Jonathan Morales were both retired to end the game.

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