at Kissimmee, Fla.
Saturday, March 1 Braves at the plate: Yunel Escobar went 2-for-3 and scored a run. Jeff Francoeur contributed a three-run homer off right-hander Runelvys Hernandez in the fourth inning. Josh Anderson hit a two-run single in the ninth to tie it before Martin Prado's two-run single in the ninth won it. Astros at the plate: Ty Wigginton homered off Tom Glavine in the second inning. Hunter Pence went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the day. Nick Gorneault's double in the eighth scored David Newhan to break a 3-3 tie. Gorneault later scored on an error.
The Astros will send a split squad up Highway 192 to face Atlanta at 1:05 p.m. Sunday at Disney's Wide World of Sports. Brandon Backe will make his first start of the spring against Atlanta left-hander Mike Hampton. Chris Sampson, Geoff Geary and Chad Paronto will also make the trip. Rafael Soriano, Zach Shreiber, Phil Stockman and Chris Resop will follow Hampton to the hill.
Jim Molony is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less