LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Ervin Santana allowed two runs in three innings as the Atlanta Braves topped the Detroit Tigers 12-3 Tuesday.
Santana gave up four hits and struck out one in his second start since being signed by the Braves to a one-year, $11 million deal on March 12. Santana was 9-10 with a 3.24 ERA for the Kansas City Royals last season.
Santana has pitched five innings this spring and has a 5.40 ERA.
"I feel good," he said. "I am just trying to keep the ball down. I know I still have to work on some stuff. Except for a couple of runs, it felt fine."
Santana was unsigned heading into the spring, but the Braves lost starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to Tommy John surgery and expect Mike Minor to miss at least a month of the regular season.
Santana has a record of 105-90 over nine major league seasons, all in the American League.
Jason Heyward and Gerald Laird both homered for the Braves. Dan Uggla had two hits and two RBIs.
Tigers starter Rick Porcello gave up six runs and 10 hits in six innings.
Miguel Cabrera raised his spring batting average to .378 with two hits.
Braves: Manager Fredi Gonzalez liked what he saw from Santana.
"I think he did really good," Gonzalez said. "He kept the ball on the grass when they did hit it. It's just a matter of keeping him on the field."
Tigers: Porcello kept his spirits up after his rough outing.
"It was a good time," he said. "I was playing baseball and that's always fun."
Porcello gave up three first-inning runs and three more in the sixth.
"I thought I was throwing it well until the sixth and then I just started to get the ball up. I feel really good, but I have some work to do at keeping the ball down."