ATLANTA (AP) - Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs in his Atlanta debut Wednesday night, leading the Braves to a 12-3 victory over the Houston Astros.
Teixeira, who was acquired from Texas in Tuesday's seven-player trade, drew a bases-loaded walk in the first inning in his first plate appearance with Atlanta. After Houston reliever Matt Albers walked Edgar Renteria and Chipper Jones in the sixth inning, Teixeira hit a 2-1 pitch over the wall in left-center for his first homer with the Braves and his 14th overall. Teixeira was greeted with high-fives from Jones and Renteria and slaps on his helmet in the dugout, but the fans were not satisfied until he bounced back up the dugout steps and lifted his helmet high in response to the cheers.
The Braves scored a combined 38 runs in three straight wins, including 24 in winning two straight over the Astros.
Buddy Carlyle (6-3) gave up five hits and two runs in five innings and left the game before suffering a hyperextended elbow. He left after apparent discomfort while warming up in the sixth. Carlyle, who appeared to wince in pain while swinging and missing a pitch in the bottom of the fifth, is listed as day-to-day.
Houston's Wandy Rodriguez (7-10) gave up eight runs and six hits in four innings. He walked four batters and threw 55 pitches in Atlanta's seven-run first.