LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Jair Jurrjens produced another strong start and Freddie Freeman delivered a double in a three-run first inning that carried the Braves to a 3-1 win over the Astros at Champion Stadium on Friday night.
Jurrjens received all the support he would need when the Braves started the bottom of the first inning with a Luis Durango triple and doubles by Jack Wilson and Freeman. Dan Uggla and Jason Heyward followed with consecutive sacrifice flies to extend the early struggles of Astros starter Kyle Weiland.
Chris Snyder's solo homer in the seventh accounted for the only run Jurrjens surrendered while scattering five hits over seven innings. The right-hander surrendered singles to two of the first four batters he faced, then got Brett Wallace to ground into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.
Weiland faced just three more than the minimum after enduring the rough first inning, and was charged with three runs and five hits in six innings. The right-hander is bidding for the one of the final two spots in Houston's rotation.
Jurrjens has seemingly eased some concerns while allowing two runs in the 13 innings he has pitched against two split Astros squads this week. He had allowed 16 runs in the 13 1/3 innings he previously completed during this exhibition season.
Up next: Jordan Lyles, one of three remaining candidates for the final two spots in the rotation, makes his final start of the spring when the Astros play host to the Yankees on Saturday at 12:05 p.m. CT at Osceola County Stadium. Lyles, 21, has allowed 11 earned runs in 15 2/3 innings in four starts in Grapefruit League action. He's competing with Kyle Weiland and Lucas Harrell for the final two spots in the rotation following the release of Livan Hernandez.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.