Julio Teheran further showed that he deserves a spot in the Atlanta Braves rotation Saturday afternoon by throwing six hitless innings against the Houston Astros in a 3-2 win. Dan Uggla also hit his first home run in almost three weeks.
Teheran mowed through the Astros lineup with 10 strikeouts and walking three, bringing his Grapefruit League ERA to a miniscule 1.04.
Houston didn't record a hit until a seventh-inning double by Rick Ankiel off Jordan Walden. They got their only runs when Craig Kimbrel surrendered a two-run homer to Ankiel in the ninth.
Uggla hit just his second home run of Spring Training when he hit a solo shot off Philip Humber to start the second inning. Evan Gattis added his own solo blast two batters later with a towering shot to center, giving him three homers in his last four at-bats and strengthening his bid as Atlanta's backup catcher to start the season.
Uggla's homer gives him four hits over his last three games to raise his Spring Training average to .215, up from .182 on Monday.
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