Paul Maholm extended his streak of not allowing an earned run to 24 2-3 innings as the Atlanta Braves beat a split squad of Houston Astros 2-0 on Thursday in the final Grapefruit League game for both teams.
Both teams left Florida almost immediately following a game that lasted just 2 hours, 7 minutes. Most starters gone well before the end.
Maholm allowed only two hits with two strikeouts in four innings to end the spring with an ERA of 1.53. Braves reliever Craig Kimbrel, who had 42 saves last season but has struggled during camp, walked two in one inning. He had a 5.63 ERA.
Lucas Harrell pitched six innings and allowed one run - a homer to Andrelton Simmons in the first. Harrell, the Astros No. 2 starter, will pitch on Tuesday against the Texas Rangers.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he team was ready to head to Atlanta and prepare for Monday's opener against the Philadelphia Phillies.
''We still have some decisions to make, but we're ready to go home,'' Gonzalez said. '...