Williams opens spring strong

Williams opens spring strong

BRAVES 7, ASTROS 5
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.

Braves on the mound: Glavine, pitching with a Braves uniform on for the first time since 2002, recorded two strikeouts and allowed one run in two innings against the Astros. Ryan Drese was touched for a pair of runs in two innings and Royce Ring pitched a scoreless frame.

Astros on the mound: Woody Williams faced the minimum, allowing one hit in two innings of work. The veteran right-hander gave up a single to Escobar, who was thrown out by Reggie Abercrombie trying to stretch it into a double. Williams recorded strikeouts of Mark Teixeira and Francoeur. Stephen Randolph entered the ninth with one on and issued two walks before giving up a decisive two-run single to Prado to cap a four-run Atlanta ninth.

Grapefruit League record: Astros 1-2, Braves 2-1.

Up next: Shawn Chacon, bidding for a spot in the Houston rotation, gets a chance to make his case Sunday when he starts against the Washington Nationals in a 1:05 p.m. ET at Osceola County Stadium. Felipe Paulino, Wesley Wright, Jose Valverde, Mosh Muecke and Mike DeJean are also scheduled to pitch for the Astros. Left-hander John Lannan is scheduled to start for the Nationals.

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.