3/3/2013 3:45 P.M. ET
Scherzer, Westlake powerful forces against Braves
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla both hit their first home runs of the Grapefruit League season, as the Braves cruised to a 6-1 win over the Tigers at Champion Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Upton's two-run home run -- off of Doug Fister in the fourth inning -- added to the success he has experienced during the first week of the Grapefruit League season. The veteran center fielder, who was Atlanta's key offseason free-agent addition, is batting .368 (7-for-19) with three doubles and a home run through his first seven games.
Uggla ended his early Spring Training frustrations when he drilled a sixth inning solo home run off of Tigers left-hander Duane Below. The Braves' second baseman had struck out in seven of his previous 11 at-bats. He has just three hits through his first 21 at-bats this year.
After Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer proved perfect through two innings of work, Fister was charged with three earned runs and five hits in two innings. He surrendered a pair of doubles to Juan Francisco and a Freddie Freeman triple that preceded Upton's two-run home run in the fourth inning.
Francisco opened the third with a broken-bat double to shallow right field. This set the stage Ramiro Pena to open the scoring with a one-out RBI double to deep center field.
Braves starter Mike Minor allowed one hit and issued a walk in three scoreless innings. Minor recorded three strikeouts and recorded six fly-ball outs.
The Tigers' only run came courtesy of Aaron Westlake's solo home run off of Juan Jamie in the seventh inning.
Up next for the Tigers: The Tigers will have their first local telecast of the spring, hosting the Astros on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET, which will be broadcast back home on Fox Sports Detroit and on MLB.TV. Rick Porcello will make his third start of the spring, followed by Luke Putkonen, Joaquin Benoit, Duane Below and Al Alburquerque. Jarred Cosart is scheduled to start for Houston.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.