HOUSTON (AP) — Brett Oberholtzer allowed two hits in six innings and a Houston Astros split squad beat Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz 2-0 Saturday night in the opener of a two-game exhibition series against the Mexican League club at Minute Maid Park.
Dexter Fowler hit his first home run of the spring and Matt Dominguez had a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
Oberholtzer struck out two and walked none. Anthony Bass, Matt Albers and Josh Fields each pitched an inning to finish the shutout.
Oberholtzer was pleased with his outing after entering the game 0-2 with an 11.00 ERA this spring.
"Regardless of who's in the box and who's at the plate, I have to make my pitches," the left-hander said. "I felt like I did that pretty well tonight. Still have to get better, but overall it was satisfying."
Fowler's home run keyed the Astros' two-run fourth inning.
"It's awesome," Fowler said. "We're just eager to get going. The guys are getting comfortable and here in the clubhouse, you can feel a sense of excitement."
The Astros improved to 12-15 this spring. Astros manager Bo Porter said Saturday's game was the last extensive action the starters would see before the season opener at home against the New York Yankees on Tuesday.
"It was nice for them to get some work in and now it's time to get their heads right for the regular season," he said. "Tonight was a good end to the spring (for the starters)."
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