Renteria haunts his former team in Braves' 4-3 victory

Monday, March 13, 2006

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Edgar Renteria looks at home back in the National League.

Renteria, who left the St. Louis Cardinals as a free agent after the 2004 season for the Boston Red Sox, led the Atlanta Braves to a 4-3 win over the Cardinals on Sunday, getting two hits and three RBIs, including a two-run homer.

After a difficult year with the Red Sox, Renteria said he feels comfortable with the Braves.

"It feels like I was always meant to play here," Renteria said.

Renteria struggled to a career high in errors (30) last season, and his fewest homers (eight) since 1998.

Braves manager Bobby Cox said he wasn't concerned, after Renteria's performance moved his spring average to .294.

"He's hitting the ball better than anybody in this camp," Cox said. "We are thrilled to have him here. He's slugging the ball and doing great things in the middle of the infield, but I've seen him do those things a million times."

Chuck James fell into a 2-0 hole in the third inning when Chris Duncan singled in a run and So Taguchi knocked in Jeff Suppan to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.

Suppan went four innings for the Cardinals, allowing one run on four hits. The Braves scored three runs in the fifth, capped by Renteria's two-run homer off Brandon Looper. Sean White pitched two scoreless innings to close out the game for the Braves.

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