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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Braves Clip Blue Jays, Lowe Decent In Braves Debut

Atlanta continued its winning ways Saturday afternoon, defeating the Blue Jays 6-3 in their third straight spring victory.

Derek Lowe made his spring debut for the Braves and Roy Halladay made his for the Blue Jays. Lowe gave up a run in two innings on five singles, but he also struck out three batters.

The Braves teed off of Blue Jays closer B. J. Ryan in the third. They scored four runs, including a two-run double by Kelly Johnson, in that inning. They added runs in the seventh and ninth innings.

Johnson was 2-3 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs. Matt Diaz had an RBI double and a run in four at-bats. Jordan Schafer was 2-4, with a double, a walk and three runs scored. Yunel Escobar also had two hits.

Francisely Bueno had two scoreless innings of work for the Braves. Vladimir Nunez finished the game with 1 1/3 scoreless innings, coming in after Luis Valdez walked four batters. Blaine Boyer and Rafael Cruz had a scoreless inning each. Emiliano Fruto allowed a run in the sixth.

The Braves play the Phillies Sunday afternoon.

W - Derek Lowe (1-0)
L - B. J. Ryan (0-1)
S - Vladimir Nunez (1)

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