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Spring training: Braves fall in extra innings

POSTED: March 14, 2008 5:01 a.m.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Braves starter Jo-Jo Reyes gave up one run in two innings, struck out a batter and didn’t walk anyone in the Braves 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Mets on Monday.

The 23-year-old walked 30 batters in 50 2-3 innings last season. He finished 2-2 with a 6.22 ERA.

"It was good," Reyes said. "I just concentrated on throwing strikes and hopefully keep the walks down this year."

Reyes did give up an RBI triple to Ramon Castro in his first outing since last season and threw mostly fastballs.

"It feels good to be back on the mound," Reyes said. "It felt like it took forever from the offseason."

Mike Pelfrey worked three scoreless innings for the Mets, inducing six groundball outs, giving up two singles and no walks. He also struck out none.

"It felt good," Pelfrey said. "I felt a little weak because I have a little cold, kind of, but I just tried to make pitches at the bottom of the strike zone."

Orlando Hernandez, who has a foot injury, it the most likely candidate for the last starting spot behind Johan Santana, Pedro Martinez, John Maine and Oliver Perez.

"I’ve gotten opportunities," Pelfrey said. "If I would have taken advantage of that last year, you know, maybe I’d have a spot."



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