Keuchel, Wisler throw zeros; Astros walk off

March 17th, 2017

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Astros No. 4 prospect lined a two-run double and Jake Mayfield won it with a two-run single as Houston rallied for four in the ninth inning to beat Atlanta, 5-4, on Friday at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

Astros starter , making his second Grapefruit League start after blanking Washington over three innings on Sunday, shut out the Braves over four innings, yielding three singles while striking out two without issuing a walk. The Astros turned two double plays, helping Keuchel face one batter over the minimum in his 42-pitch outing (29 strikes).

• Keuchel enjoying healthy reps

"I felt really good. It's just a continuation from the last start out, and the stamina was there," Keuchel said. "I probably could have thrown another inning or two, so that's a good sign."

Braves right-hander made his first start this spring a successful one following three rocky relief appearances in which he allowed eight runs on 11 hits over 7 1/3 innings, with six strikeouts and three walks. But he was effective and efficient on Friday, giving up just one hit over four innings while striking out two without giving up a walk.

"I made some adjustments today. I pitched pretty well, I thought, for the most part," said Wisler, who could make the Braves' roster as either a starter or long reliever, or open the season in Triple-A. "If I can make it as long relief, I'll take any role I can get on the big league team."

• Wisler still has shot at roster spot

and delivered two hits apiece for the Braves, and both scored a run. Prospect , a former Astro, also had two hits, including a two-run single.

Braves Up Next: Shortstop Dansby Swanson, out since March 4, is expected to return to the lineup when the Braves face the visiting Tigers in Lake Buena Vista in a 1:05 p.m. ET game on Gameday Audio on Saturday. is set to make his fifth start this spring for the Braves. Mike Pelfrey is the Tigers' scheduled starter.

Astros Up Next: Right-hander Charlie Morton gets the start for Houston in a 1:05 p.m. ET game on Gameday Audio on Saturday. The Astros will be the visitors vs. the Nationals at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

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