KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Horacio Ramirez gave up one hit and one run in two innings as the Atlanta Braves opened their spring with a 10-to-1 victory over the University of Georgia Wednesday.
Ramirez said he threw a lot of fastballs, and the fastball was down, so he considers that a good start. Poor location of his fastball contributed to Ramirez leading the Braves with 31 home runs allowed last season, when he was 11-and-9 with a 4.63 E-R-A.
Four Atlanta relievers allowed three hits in seven shutout innings.
Oscar Villarreal was sharp, striking out the first four batters he faced in two perfect innings while earning the win. Chris Reitsma, the top candidate to be the Braves' closer, struck out two of the three batters he faced.
Jarrod Saltalmacchia had a run-scoring triple, and Martin Prado had a two run single in the Braves' five-run sixth inning. Saltalmacchia, a top prospect at catcher in his first major league spring camp, added a double in the seventh.
In the first, Georgia's Kyle Green hit the first pitch from Ramirez to right for a double, moved to third on Jason Jacobs' groundout and scored on Joey Side's fly ball to center.
Georgia starter Iain Sebastian, a freshman from Columbus, yielded one hit and one run in two innings.
Jeff Francoeur's single drove in Andruw Jones, who reached on an error, as the Braves pulled even in the second.
Kelly Johnson's two-run R-B-I double was the highlight of Atlanta's two-run fourth.
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