Bo Porter’s first game as manager of the new American League version of the Astros played National League baseball to win the first game of Spring Training 8-3 over Philadelphia.
The Astros stole four bases in the game, including a double steal pulled off by Trevor Crowe and Tyler Greene. Those steals helped fuel an offense that jumped on the Phillies starting in the third inning.
Robbie Grossman and Nate Freiman each drove in a pair of runs and Brandon Barnes homered for Houston, which scored five runs in the third through the fifth inning.
Chris Carter, the slugger acquired from Oakland for Jed Lowrie, got the start at first base, singling and striking out in three at bats.
J.D. Martinez, in a fight to hold onto his starting job in left field, got off to a good start, singling in two at bats, stealing a base and scoring a run.
Lucas Harrell got the start and allowed two runs in two innings, giving up four hits and walking one. Jarred Cosart, the Astros top pitching prospect, threw two scoreless innings, allowing no hits and striking out one batter.
The Astros return to Kissimmee to play the Mets Sunday. Bud Norris is expected to get the start for Houston.
CSN Houston will broadcast 10 spring training games this year, starting Feb. 28 when Houston hosts the New York Yankees.