Astros open spring training with 7-5 win
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Dexter Fowler had two RBIs in his Houston debut and Chris Carter added a run-scoring double that helped the Astros beat the Atlanta Braves 7-5 Friday night.
Fowler was acquired from Colorado this offseason to play center field and bat leadoff. He put Houston up 2-1 in its spring training opener with a two-run single in the second inning that chased Braves starter Brandon Beachy. He was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double.
Fowler, who had spent his entire career with the Rockies, was excited to get things going with his new teammates.
"It was awesome," he said. "It's just good to be back on the field. You always feel like the offseason's long. Getting back and getting with a new team, and we did a lot of things right today."
Marc Krauss put the Astros ahead 3-2 with a ground-rule double in the fifth. Carter followed with a run-scoring double to left field.
Dan Uggla drove in two runs, and Freddie Freeman had two hits and an RBI for the Braves.
Delino DeShields and Marwin Gonzalez both drove in a run in the sixth for Houston.
Royals 11, Rangers 1
SURPRISE, Ariz. - James Shields pitched a perfect inning and Mike Moustakas drove in three runs Friday as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Texas Rangers 11-1.
Shields, who can become a free agent after this season, needed only 10 pitches to get three groundouts.
Moustakas, who hit only .233 with 42 RBIs last year, hit a two-run double in the second inning off Alexi Ogando and a RBI single in the third against Jose Contreras, who at 42 is trying to earn a job with the Rangers.
Billy Butler was 3 for 3 with an RBI for the Royals, who had 16 hits, and Alex Gordon was 2 for 3 with a double and RBI.
Compiled from Advocate