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Jason Heyward Lifts Atlanta Braves Over Houston Astros with Grand Slam

March 17th, 2012 at 11:52 AM
By Cody Fields

Jason Heyward is showing signs of his 2010 self again, most recently Friday night when his grand slam was the difference as the Atlanta Braves beat the Houston Astros 9-5.

Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez retired the first two batters of the game, but the Braves strung together five two-out hits en route to a five-run first inning. Heyward's grand slam was his second homer in three days. Michael Bourn then ended Rodriguez's day in the fourth with his own two-run homer.

Tommy Hanson put together a mostly solid performance in his own right, though former Brave Jordan Schaefer doubled to start the game, followed by an RBI-single from Travis Buck. Buck also hit a homer off Hanson in the third inning.

The Braves turned 13 hits in what may have been a turning point for the offense this spring. Every starter except Andrelton Simmons had at least one hit.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Jason Heyward, Michael Bourn, MLB, Tommy Hanson

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