KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) _ Two innings was enough for Greg Maddux.

``You have to walk before you can jog, jog before you can run,'' Maddux said Sunday after allowing a first-inning run in the Atlanta Braves' 10-2 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

``We have a month and a half,'' the four-time Cy Young Award winner said. ``The vast majority of managers and players and coaches think spring training's too long. So why push it?''

Maddux allowed a pair of singles that led to the run but got out of the inning on a groundout and double play. In the second, Maddux had a strikeout and another double play.

``You don't want to go out there and get your brains beat in,'' he said. ``I thought I got hit halfway decent today, even the outs were hit halfway decent. I felt good to be out there again. It was actually fun. I didn't want to give up the run, but I felt all right.''

Maddux has logged more than 2,800 major league innings and has had 11 consecutive seasons with at least 15 victories. But he said Sunday afforded him an opportunity to fine tune the simplest of pitching tasks: remembering where to throw.

``The first two times out, you just want to get used to seeing a catcher, a hitter, an umpire back there again,'' Maddux said. ``I've been throwing for the last month mostly into the screen or in the bullpen or playing catch. It looks different.''

One of the different looks the Braves have this spring is the addition of second baseman Bret Boone from Cincinnati. Boone showed his value to the Braves and to Maddux by handling a tough in-between hop in the second inning that resulted in an inning-ending double play.

``He's going to help us out a lot,'' Maddux said. ``He's one of those guys that if he hits .200, he's still makes your team a lot better.''

Maddux's goal is to be consistent throughout the remainder of spring.

``I don't know what to say. I'll take him the way he's been,'' Braves manager Bobby Cox said. ``I'll take his inconsistencies.''