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Lowe goes 6 innings as Braves beat Tigers

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Derek Lowe pitched six effective innings to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Friday.

Lowe allowed two runs, one earned, and eight hits. Atlanta's scheduled opening-day starter struck out four and walked none.

Brian McCann raised his average to .500 by going 2 for 3 for the Braves. Nate McLouth had two hits and two RBIs, and is 4 for 9 in his past three games after a 1-for-35 start.

Justin Verlander, scheduled to start on opening day for Detroit, gave up three runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings.

Brandon Inge and Gerald Laird each had two hits for the Tigers.

Jason Heyward went 2 for 4 on the same day Braves manager Bobby Cox said he would be the opening-day right fielder.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Derek Lowe pitched six crisp innings to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Friday.

Lowe allowed two runs, one earned, and eight hits. Atlanta's scheduled opening-day starter struck out four and walked none.

Brian McCann raised his average to .500 by going 2 for 3 for the Braves. Nate McLouth had two hits and two RBIs, and is 4 for 9 in his past three games after a 1-for-35 start.

Justin Verlander, scheduled to start on opening day for Detroit, gave up three runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out three, walked one and committed a balk.

Brandon Inge and Gerald Laird each had two hits for the Tigers.