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Astros 12, Braves 9: Crush City returns with five home runs

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Astros hit five home runs in Kissimmee against the Braves, including four off former prospect Mike Foltynewicz.

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Former Astros prospect Mike Foltynewicz had a strong showing against his former team at Osceola County Stadium on March 22, allowing one run over 3 2/3 innings. He returned to the mound once against his former team six days later, the results weren't as strong. Crush City returned as the Astros used five home runs to power to a 12-9 win over the Braves on Monday.

George Springer didn't wait long to put a run on the board for the Astros, rocking the first pitch of the game for a home run over the left-center field wall.

Houston done with Foltynewicz, Carlos Gomez and Preston Tucker hit back-to-back home runs in the second to make the score 3-0.

The Braves took the lead 4-3 in the second inning, but Colin Moran quickly put Houston back in front with a two-run homer off Foltynewicz. Carlos Correa followed with a double and scored on a fielding error -- Houston led 6-4 after three innings.

In the fourth, Springer went yard a second time in the game, this time off Williams Perez. The extra base part wasn't over, Correa hit a triple scoring Moran. Colby Rasmus joined the fun with a double to score pinch-runner Tony Kemp. Houston led 9-4.

The Braves tied the game in the seventh, 9-9. Back-to-back doubles from Teoscar Herandez and Colin Moran broke the game open once again for the Astros.

Springer was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two home runs. Moran was 3-for-5 with four RBIs.

Doug Fister struggled once again this spring, allowing six earned runs over 4 2/3 innings on seven hits and four walks. Wandy Rodriguez allowed three runs on three hits and collected a blown save.

Foltynewicz's line was six runs on six hits over three innings.