Final

Braves 5

(9-16, 3-10 away)

Astros 4

(9-17, 5-8 home)

1:05 PM ET, March 28, 2006

Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee, Florida 

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Atlanta 5, Houston 4

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Marcus Giles doubled twice and walked before calling it a day after just 3½ innings, and Brian Jordan had a two-run double Tuesday in the Atlanta Braves' 5-4 victory over the Houston Astros.

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."

Game notes


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.

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