HOUSTON - APRIL 11: Jason Heyward #2 of the Atlanta Braves scores in the fourth inning from third base on a bunt by Jack Wilson #2 against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 11, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Braves Vs. Astros: Atlanta Gets First Series Win, Home Opener On Friday

Jason Heyward had three hits including his first homer of the season as the Braves defeated the Astros 6-3.

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Braves Vs. Astros Final Score: Jason Heyward Leads Atlanta To 6-3 Win

Jason Heyward had three hits including his first home run of the season as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Houston Astros 6-3.

Randall Delgado earns the win in his first start of the season pitching five innings and allowing two earned runs while striking out five. Craig Kimbrel came on in the ninth and pitched out of some trouble to earn his second save in as many days. Wandy Rodriguez get charged with the loss for the Astros.

Atlanta fell behind early after J.D. Martinez put Houston up 1-0 in the first with a home run off of Delgado. Jason Heyward quickly tied things back up in the second with an RBI single that scored Dan Uggla. David Ross put the Braves on top in the fourth with a two RBI double off of Rodriguez to make the score 3-1. Jack Wilson followed with a squeeze bunt that scored Heyward to extend the lead to 4-1.

Houston would chip away in the fifth as Martinez singled home a run to make it 4-2 and cut the lead to 4-3 in the seventh after Carlos Lee drew a bases loaded walk. Heyward came back up in the eighth and provided some insurance with his first home run of the season to make the score 5-3. Atlanta's final run came on a single by Chipper Jones that Martin Prado scored after a throwing error by Jordan Schafer.

Houston put runners at the corners in the ninth against closer Craig Kimbrel but he struck out Carlos Lee looking to end the game. Atlanta wins its second straight game after starting the season 0-4 and earns its first series win in the process.

Read more about the Braves at Talking Chop. For more information on the Astros, visit The Crawfish Boxes and SB Nation Houston. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball head over to Baseball Nation.


Braves vs. Astros: Chipper Jones Homers, Atlanta Claims First Win Of Season

The Atlanta Braves finally picked up their first victory of the season on Tuesday night, knocking off the Houston Astros by a score of 6-4. Chipper Jones hit a homer in his season debut, Tyler Pastornicky hit the first home run of his career and Tommy Hanson pitched well enough to claim his first win of the year.

Hanson was impressive throughout his five innings of work, although he was pretty ineffective at times, needing 101 pitches to record 15 outs. He struck out eight, walked three, and allowed two runs on six hits.

Kris Medlen worked 1.1 innings out of the bullpen and allowed two runs to score. The trio of Eric O'Flaherty, Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel allowed a total of five base runners while recording the final eight outs of the game, although they all escaped without allowing any runs.

Houston held an early 1-0 lead, but an RBI-double from Dan Uggla scored Brian McCann to tie the game. Jones belted his homer in the third inning on a hanging slider to give the Braves a 3-1 lead. Pastornicky followed in the fourth with a solo-shot to the Crawfish Boxes.

The two clubs took turns putting runs on the board throughout the middle innings, and a two-out RBI-single from pinch hitter Eric Hinske drove in Jason Heyward to give Atlanta an insurance run and 6-4 lead. Kimbrel closed it down in the ninth, improving Atlanta to 1-4 on the season.

Randall Delgado will take the mound for his first start of the season on Wednesday evening. He will be opposed by lefty Wandy Rodriguez. First pitch is set for 8:05 ET.


Chipper Jones Activated By Braves, Jose Constanza Sent To AAA

Chipper Jones is back, folks. The Hall of Fame third baseman was officially activated by the Braves on Tuesday afternoon, sending outfielder Jose Constanza back to Triple-A Gwinnett. With Atlanta starting the season 0-4 and the fan base slowly starting to lose faith, a rejuvenated Chipper should be huge for the lineup.

Fredi Gonzalez has not givee much insight into where he expects to bat Jones, but anywhere between spots No. 2 through 6 seem possible. Given the club's current abundance of left-handed hitters, Gonzalez may get creative to try and break up the order with the switch hitting Jones.

This is great news for the Braves. Keeping their third baseman healthy is an absolute must if they hope to stay competitive in 2012, and while Jones will likely start out a bit rusty after missing the last two weeks, his impact on the batting order just makes everything come together.

Atlanta will take on the Astros this evening at 8:05 ET.

For more on the Braves, head over to Talking Chop.


Braves Lose To Astros 8-3, Still Winless On The Season

When the Atlanta Braves released their lineup on Monday afternoon, everyone was shocked (and outraged) to see Jason Heyward out of the lineup.

When team reporters asked Fredi Gonzalez for his motives behind the move, he claimed Matt Diaz had 12 (TWELVE!) solid at-bats against Astros starter J.A. Happ, and that he wanted to see Juan Francisco play a little more before Chipper Jones returned on Tuesday.

It was a stupid decision then, and it probably cost the Braves the game. They fell to Houston by a score of 8-3.

Despite an early 3-0 lead for Atlanta, Houston climbed back into the game because of poor defense from Francisco. The recently-acquired third baseman, who is known to be pretty erratic in the field, bobbled a routine ball with two outs and a runner on in the third inning. Not only did he lose any chance of throwing the runner out at first, but when Jordan Schafer overran second base and headed for third, Francisco made an errant throw from about 10 feet away. Schafer slid in safe and the Astros promptly came up with a 2-RBI triple and RBI-single, tying the score at 3-3.

Maybe Martin Prado, who should have been at third, doesn't make the play, but I'm betting he does. I'm also betting Heyward has a higher chance of being successful at producing runs for the Braves, something they desperately need right now.

Livan Hernandez came in to relieve Brandon Beachy in the sixth and was smacked around for two runs. Chad Durbin allowed a 2-run homer to Justin Maxwell, the second the reliever has allowed in as many appearances.

The Braves are now 0-4 on the year, and are on a nine-game losing streak dating back to 2011. They'll face the Astros once again on Tuesday night.

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