TAMPA, Fla. — Julio Teheran kept the ball in the ballpark, and the result was a much better outing.
Hoping to earn a spot in Atlanta's rotation, Teheran allowed one run and three hits over three innings as a Braves split squad lost, 3-0, to the New York Yankees on Friday.
The 21-year-old struck out three, including Robinson Cano, and walked one in his second spring training start.
"I think his poise is something that's going to help him down the line," said Braves coach Carlos Tosca, who managed the split squad. "I don't see any panic in him. He's aggressive. He kept going after them, and I thought he did a good job."
Teheran gave up six home runs in two innings Sunday when the Braves were beaten, 18-3, by the Detroit Tigers.
"I just forget about that," Teheran said. "Keep pitching, keep throwing and be ready for the season."
Teheran's parents from Colombia attended the game.
"I was excited because it was my dream when I was little to throw to the Yankees," Teheran said.
Freddy Garcia gave up one hit over three innings for the Yankees. The right-hander had two strikeouts and one walk.
"That's vintage Freddy," New York manager Joe Girardi said. "Changed speeds, changed location. Used his split. Pretty much that's Freddy."
Garcia is competing for a rotation spot behind opening day starter CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda.
"He's not afraid of adversity or any situation," Yankees catcher Russell Martin said. "He goes out there. He gives his best effort. That's what you're expect from Freddy. He's going to bring his 'A' game every time he's out there."
Nick Swisher had an opposite-field RBI double to deep left off Teheran during the first.
Teheran, who recorded two outs on long fly balls, kept the Yankees scoreless in the second after giving up a leadoff double to Martin. He walked Curtis Granderson in the third.
"He's got a good life to his fastball, but I think he just kind of keeps it a little bit elevated," Martin said. "He just needs to work down in the zone a bit. I think if he does that, he's going to be successful. He's got a good run on his fastball, but as soon as you elevate it, it flattens out, and that's where guys like that get in trouble."
Teheran allowed only five homers while going 15-3 at Triple-A Gwinnett last season. He had a rougher time in the majors, giving up four homers in 19 2/3 innings.