Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Atlanta leads 2-0 (as of 8/1)

Game 1: Tuesday, July 31
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Game 2: Wednesday, August 1
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Game 3: Thursday, August 2
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Astros 3

(46-61, 18-36 away)

Braves 12

(57-51, 29-26 home)

    7:35 PM ET, August 1, 2007

    Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

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    W: B. Carlyle (6-3)

    L: W. Rodriguez (7-10)

    Newly acquired Teixeira homers in Braves' rout

    Associated Press

    A CLOSER LOOK
    • Summary: Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs in his Atlanta debut, leading the Braves over the Astros.

    Mark Teixeira
    Teixeira

    • Quick start: Teixeira, acquired from Texas in Tuesday's seven-player trade, drew a bases-loaded walk in the first inning to drive in a run in his first plate appearance.

    • Injury report: Braves winning pitcher Buddy Carlyle gave up five hits and two runs in five innings and left the game when he experienced apparent discomfort while warming up in the sixth. Carlyle, who appeared to wince in pain while swinging and missing a pitch in the bottom of the fifth, is listed as day to day and said he should be able to make his next start.

    • Figure this: The Braves scored a combined 38 runs in three straight wins, including 24 in winning two straight over the Astros. Houston has given up 42 runs in three straight losses.

    • Quotable: "The win was definitely more important, but it was fun getting out there and getting the nerves out of the way." -- Teixeira

    -- ESPN.com news services

    Braves 12, Astros 3

    ATLANTA (AP) -- One game, one curtain call for Mark Teixeira.

    Teixeira hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs in his Atlanta debut Wednesday night, leading the Braves to a 12-3 victory over the Houston Astros.

    Teixeira, acquired from Texas in Tuesday's seven-player trade, drew a bases-loaded walk in the first inning to drive in a run in his first plate appearance.

    After Houston reliever Matt Albers walked Edgar Renteria and Chipper Jones in the sixth inning, Teixeira hit a 2-1 pitch over the wall in left-center for his first homer with the Braves and his 14th overall.

    Teixeira was greeted with high-fives from Jones and Renteria and slaps on his helmet in the dugout, but the fans were not satisfied until he bounced back up the dugout steps and lifted his helmet high in response to the cheers.

    "I've had a few curtain calls in my career," Teixeira said. "The fans tell you. After the at-bat, if they're still cheering, they're still yelling, you know they want you to do it. It was fun going out there."

    Braves manager Bobby Cox said he enjoyed watching the successful debut.

    "The home run looked real good -- opposite-field line drive," Cox said. "He looked good at first, too."

    Teixeira said he was aware he was being closely watched in his first game with the Braves.

    "The win was definitely more important, but it was fun getting out there and getting the nerves out of the way," he said. "I didn't want to come here the first day and have a disappointment."

    The Braves scored a combined 38 runs in three straight wins, including 24 in winning two straight over the Astros.

    Buddy Carlyle (6-3) gave up five hits and two runs in five innings and left the game when he experienced apparent discomfort while warming up in the sixth. Carlyle, who appeared to wince in pain while swinging and missing a pitch in the bottom of the fifth, is listed as day to day and said he should be able to make his next start.

    "It's something I've done in the past hitting," Carlyle said. "It's kind of silly, taking too big a swing at an off-speed pitch. It's going to be fine."

    Houston has given up 42 runs in three straight losses. On Sunday, Jason Jennings gave up 11 runs in the first inning of an 18-11 loss to San Diego.

    "It's a little embarrassing, for the pitching staff and the catchers," Houston catcher Brad Ausmus said.

    For the second straight night, Houston's starting pitcher lasted only four innings. One night after Chris Sampson gave up nine hits and five runs, Wandy Rodriguez (7-10) gave up eight runs and six hits. He walked four batters and threw 55 pitches in Atlanta's seven-run first inning.

    Overall, Houston pitchers issued nine walks, including five by Rodriguez.

    "I didn't want to hear that number," Astros manager Phil Garner said of the walks.

    Rodriguez fell to 1-8 in road games.

    "I felt good; I don't know what happened," Rodriguez said

    After Yunel Escobar's leadoff double, Rodriguez walked Renteria and Jones to load the bases for Teixeira's first trip to the plate. Fans greeted Teixeira with a standing ovation, but the first baseman didn't swing while taking the walk to drive in the Braves' first run.

    Andruw Jones drove in Renteria with a single to left before Francoeur walked, forcing in another run. Matt Diaz hit a two-run double to center and Escobar capped the big inning with a two run single.

    Jason Lane singled in the third and scored on Chris Burke's sacrifice fly. Lance Berkman led off the fourth with his 18th homer, and Ty Wigginton drove in Berkman with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

    Renteria hit his 11th homer in the fourth, and Kelly Johnson hit a run-scoring single off Jennings in the seventh.

    Left-hander Ron Mahay, also acquired in the trade with Texas, and Octavio Dotel both made their Atlanta debuts by pitching a scoreless inning apiece to close the game.

    Game notes


    Jennings made his first relief appearance in his 171st career game but is still scheduled to start on Saturday at Florida, according to Garner. ... The Astros fell to 18-36 in road games -- the worst road mark in the NL. ... Teixeira is the first player to hit a homer in his first game with Atlanta since Francoeur hit a homer in his major league debut July 7, 2005.

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