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Freeman (three RBI), Braves clobber winless Phillies

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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves knocked around Cole Hamels in the opener, then chased Roy Halladay in the fourth inning on Wednesday night. They have six homers through two games against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Jason Heyward just loves what he is seeing so far.

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"Jumping out early is huge," he said. "It's not always going to happen, but it's nice to do and nice to give your pitcher that cushion."

Heyward, Justin Upton and rookie Evan Gattis homered, leading Paul Maholm and the Braves to a 9-2 victory over the Phillies.

Freddie Freeman had three RBI and leadoff hitter Andrelton Simmons scored twice for Atlanta, which jumped in front for the second straight game and never trailed. Upton belted a two-run shot in the first to give him a pair of homers in his first two games with the Braves.

Halladay (0-1), who struggled with a sore shoulder last season and had a difficult spring training, gave up five runs and six hits in 3 1-3 innings. The two-time Cy Young Award winner struck out nine, but dropped to 0-4 with an 8.00 ERA in his last seven starts against Atlanta.

"I felt good," Halladay said. "Felt good in the bullpen, felt good on the mound. Obviously horrible conditions to pitch in. That made it no fun, but that's not an excuse for not being able to get ahead of guys and do it consistently and put guys away quicker."

The game was played in a chilly, steady drizzle, but the conditions hardly affected Maholm (1-0), who allowed six hits in 5 2-3 scoreless innings. He struck out six and walked one.

"It was good," Maholm said. "Obviously, in the first start of the year, not the greatest conditions, but I felt comfortable."

Gattis led off the fourth inning of his first major league game with a drive to left. Maholm struck out, but Halladay's night was over after he issued a walk to Simmons.

Raul Valdes came in and walked the next two batters before Freeman hit a bases-clearing double to make it 7-0. Freeman has driven in six of Atlanta's 16 runs in the first two games.

Maholm struggled last year against Philadelphia with an 8.64 ERA in two starts. But the left-hander stranded runners in scoring position in three of the first four innings in his first start of 2013.

Cory Gearrin replaced Maholm with a runner on first in the sixth. He walked one before striking out Erik Kratz.

The Phillies were just 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

"I thought (Maholm) did a terrific job," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He mixed his pitches well and he did a nice job. Gave us a great opportunity to win the ballgame."

Juan Francisco also singled in a run in the first as Atlanta quickly built a 3-0 lead.

Halladay recorded his first eight outs on strikeouts, but he needed 79 pitches to make it through the first three innings. He was trying for win No. 200 and a spot alongside New York Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte as the only active pitchers to be 100 games over .500.

Halladay was upset with himself for making such an early exit.

"I'd rather get beat 20-0 and pitch eight innings than pitch 3 1-3," he said. "That's got to change."

Chase Utley had a two-run double in the seventh for Philadelphia. Utley appeared to score a third run, but home plate umpire Mike Everitt called Michael Young out for runner's interference at first and the inning ended.

Heyward tacked on a two-run homer against Jonathan Papelbon in the eighth, but the Atlanta right fielder thought the key was making Halladay work.

"We did wear him down," Heyward said. "We did make sure that we got some pitches to hit and we hit them hard."

Notes

  • The Braves struck out 16 times.
  • Freeman has reached in six of his eight plate appearances this season.
  • Philadelphia SS Jimmy Rollins played his 1,794th game to tie Richie Ashburn for second place on the Phillies' career list.
  • Braves CF B.J. Upton went 0 for 4 and has struck out in his last five at-bats.
  • Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is 0 for 8 with three strikeouts.
  • Gattis became the first Brave since Heyward in 2010 to homer in his first big league game.
  • Braves C Brian McCann, on the 15-day disabled list recovering from shoulder surgery, will return to Orlando on Thursday to resume his rehab, though Gonzalez did not know when McCann can resume baseball activities.
  • The Phillies dropped to 2-6 in their last eight games at Turner Field.
  • Philadelphia claimed OF Ezequiel Carrera off waivers from Cleveland and made room for him on the 40-man roster by designating OF Ender Inciarte for assignment.
 
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Freddie Freeman watches his three-run double to left center field in the Braves' romp over the Phils. (AP)
Freddie Freeman watches his three-run double to left center field in the Braves' romp over the Phils. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

C. Utley
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Atlanta

F. Freeman
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ben Revere, CF5110000 .222
Jimmy Rollins, SS5020002 .300
Chase Utley, 2B4012022 .444
Ryan Howard, 1B3000122 .000
Michael Young, 3B4010003 .167
Domonic Brown, LF4020001 .429
John Mayberry Jr., RF3010100 .286
Erik Kratz, C4000025 .125
Roy Halladay, P2000023 .000
    Raul Valdes, P0000000 .000
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
   a- Laynce Nix, PH1110000 .500
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Papelbon, P0000000 .000
   b- Freddy Galvis, PH1000010 .000
Totals3629229  
a-singled for Bastardo in the 7th
b-struck out for Papelbon in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (1, Maholm), Chase Utley (1, Cr. Martinez)
RBI - Chase Utley 2 (5)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (1, 3rd base off Maholm/Gattis)
Team LOB - 9
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roy Halladay (L,0-1) 3.1655392 13.50
Raul Valdes 1.2122230 10.80
Antonio Bastardo 1000110 0.00
Mike Adams 1000020 0.00
Jonathan Papelbon 1222011 18.00
WP - Roy Halladay (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 95-55, Raul Valdes 40-21, Antonio Bastardo 18-11, Mike Adams 9-8, Jonathan Papelbon 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 1-0, Raul Valdes 2-0, Antonio Bastardo 1-1
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 19, Raul Valdes 8, Antonio Bastardo 4, Mike Adams 3, Jonathan Papelbon 5
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andrelton Simmons, SS5220020 .333
Jason Heyward, RF4322110 .286
Justin Upton, LF3212220 .286
Freddie Freeman, 1B3123111 .714
B.J. Upton, CF4000043 .000
    Jordan Schafer, CF0000000 .000
Dan Uggla, 2B2000211 .200
Juan Francisco, 3B4011012 .250
    Anthony Varvaro, P0000000 .000
Evan Gattis, C4111012 .250
Paul Maholm, P3000030 .000
    Cory Gearrin, P0000000 .000
    Cristhian Martinez, P0000000 .000
    Luis Avilan, P0000000 .000
    Ramiro Pena, 3B1000000 .000
Totals33999616  
Batting
2B - Freddie Freeman (1, Valdes)
HR - Jason Heyward (1, Papelbon), Justin Upton (2, Halladay), Evan Gattis (1, Halladay)
RBI - Jason Heyward 2 (2), Justin Upton 2 (3), Freddie Freeman 3 (6), Juan Francisco (1), Evan Gattis (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Heyward 2 (2), Juan Francisco (1)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Simmons-Uggla-Freeman
E - Juan Francisco (1, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Paul Maholm (W,1-0) 5.2600160 0.00
Cory Gearrin 0.1000110 0.00
Cristhian Martinez 0.1322000 54.00
Luis Avilan 0.2000010 0.00
Anthony Varvaro 2000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 97-66, Cory Gearrin 8-3, Cristhian Martinez 13-11, Luis Avilan 8-6, Anthony Varvaro 26-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 7-4, Luis Avilan 1-0, Anthony Varvaro 3-2
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 24, Cory Gearrin 2, Cristhian Martinez 4, Luis Avilan 2, Anthony Varvaro 6
Game Information
Attendance - 24289
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Tim Welke