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Freeman homers in Braves loss to Astros

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Freddie Freeman homered and also had a single while raising his spring average to .350, but the visiting Braves lost 6-5 to the Houston Astros on Saturday.

The loss, on a windy day with the temperature in the 50s, dropped the Braves' Grapefruit League record to 3-6.

The only hit allowed by Braves starter Kris Medlen over three innings was a wind-aided homer by Carlos Pena in the first inning. Medlen, making his second spring start, struck out two and walked one.

Sean Gilmartin gave up four runs on five hits in the fourth inning, with J.D. Martinez taking him deep for a homer. The 2011 first-round draft choice settled down to throw two scoreless innings afterward.

Craig Kimbrel pitched the seventh inning and allowed a run for the third time in four spring appearances. He struck out two and walked two.

The Braves will host the Detroit Tigers today at Champion Stadium for a 1:05 p.m. game.