Teixeira Has Brave New Start

Atlanta's acquisition collects three-run homer, 4 RBIs in 12-3 rout of Houston
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Aug 2, 2007 5:08 AM CDT
Atlanta Braves' Mark Teixeira, left, celebrates at home plate with Edgar Renteria (11) and Chipper Jones, rear, after knocking them both in on his three-run home run against the Houston Astros during...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Slugger Mark Teixeira was a smash in his first Atlanta performance last night, chalking up a three-run blast to lead the Braves to a 12-3 win over Houston. Teixeira, whom Atlanta nabbed in a multi-player deal with Texas this week, was 1-4 with a walk and 4 RBIs, an inaugural performance good enough to bring a full house of 30,000 to its feet.

In a night of newcomer-heroes, recent acquisitions Ron Mahay and Octavio Dotel masterfully closed out a strong outing by starter Buddy Carlyle, who was forced to the dugout in the sixth inning with an elbow injury. Though the Braves have not released details of his status, the righty is "listed as day-to-day," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.