Tigers 4

(11-13, 5-6 away)

Braves 12

(13-12, 8-4 home)

    7:05 PM ET, March 29, 2005

    Champion Stadium, Kissimmee, Florida 

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    Atlanta 12, Detroit 4

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- John Thomson, coming off a shaky start against the Yankees, pitched six shutout innings and Julio Franco hit a three-run homer to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 12-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.

    Thomson, who gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings to New York last Thursday, yielded seven hits and two walks while facing the Tigers. Before his outing against the Yankees, Thomson had a stellar spring, allowing one run over 13 innings in his previous four starts.

    Rafael Furcal led off the first inning for the Braves with a homer off Gary Knotts. Franco's homer, his third of the spring, came later that inning.

    Knotts gave up seven runs on six hits in two innings. Furcal added an RBI triple off Knotts in the second inning.

    Pete Orr had a two-run single for Atlanta in the sixth and Ryan Langerhans, competing for a spot in the Braves' outfield, had an opposite-field two-run homer in the seventh.

    Marcus Thames hit a three-run homer for Detroit in the seventh. Kyle Farnsworth pitched a strong ninth inning for the Tigers, setting the Braves down in order with one strikeout.

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