Braves Blast Astros

Kelly Johnson Celebrates HR
Kelly Johnson Celebrates HR
Brian McCann
Brian McCann
Chuck James
Chuck James
Mark Teixeira Welcomed
Mark Teixeira Welcomed

ATLANTA (AP) - Kelly Johnson had four hits, including two homers, and Jeff Francoeur and Brian McCann also hit home runs as the Atlanta Braves beat the Houston Astros 12-4 Tuesday night.

Johnson drove in five runs and McCann drove in four, including a two-run double in the 8th.

Mark Teixeira, obtained from Texas in a seven-player trade earlier in the day, was activated for the game but did not arrive until the seventh inning. Grinning widely, Teixeira waved to fans from the dugout as he enjoyed his first ovation from Atlanta fans. The Turner Field video board showed Teixeira wearing his new Number 24 uniform.

Johnson hit a two-run home run and McCann also hit a homer as the Braves took a 5-1 lead with nine hits in four innings off Houston starter Chris Sampson (7-8).

The Astros rallied with three runs in the fifth. Eric Bruntlett, who walked against Braves starter Chuck James, scored following singles by Eric Munson and pinch-hitter Chris Burke. Craig Biggio's two-run double to right-center cut Atlanta's lead to 5-4.

James (9-8) earned the win despite giving up more than two runs for the first time in six starts. James gave up six hits and four runs in five innings. Lance Berkman hit a first-inning homer off James.