The Braves had three doubles in a four-run first inning against
Wandy Rodriguez, the Astros' fourth starter. Although he settled
down with four consecutive scoreless innings, Rodriguez lost for
the fourth time in five spring appearances."I was missing with location in the first with my fastball,"
said Rodriguez, who was second among NL rookies with 10 wins last
year. "After that, I concentrated more on throwing where the
catcher was setting up."Rodriguez allowed nine hits and struck out just three, but the
27-year-old's resilience impressed Astros manager Phil Garner."He threw the ball over the plate, and he continued to throw
the ball over the plate," Garner said. "He didn't pitch a sloppy
ballgame."Brad Ausmus hit an RBI single in the fourth and a two-run triple
in the fifth. Ausmus didn't have a triple last season.Atlanta's Brian McCann had a solo homer.Russ Springer made his second appearance of the spring for the
Astros, allowing a hit and striking out one in the seventh inning.
Springer, who missed the start of spring training with a rib
injury, is to pitch two more times before the regular season."He threw all of his pitches, and I thought he looked like he
was throwing the ball pretty good," Garner said. "I think he
looks like he's OK."
Braves RHP John Thomson was scratched from Tuesday's start
with elbow tenderness. He is day to day. ... Astros RHP Roy Oswalt
is to make his final start of spring training Wednesday against
Cleveland in Winter Haven. LHP Andy Pettitte is to start on
Thursday against the Dodgers, Houston's the last spring training
game in Florida. RHPs Brandon Backe and Taylor Buchholz are
scheduled to start at Houston on Friday and Saturday against Kansas
City. ... LHP Carlos Hernandez, who is still in line for the
Astros' fifth starting spot, threw 61 pitches and allowed two runs
in minor league camp.