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Braves power past Philly 7-5 in season-opener


Three different Braves belted home runs as Atlanta downed division foe Philadelphia 7-5 at Turner Field on opening day. Freddie Freeman lead the charge going 3-for-4, including a two-run blast over the wall in right center in the bottom of the first inning that put the Braves up 2-0. 

Dan Uggla followed suit with a solo shot over the left field fence the very next inning that put Atlanta ahead 3-0. Phillies second baseman Chase Utley singe-handedly cut the Braves' lead to one with a solo homer in the fourth and a two-RBI standup double in the fifth, but Atlanta's new hot commodity proved his worth in the bottom frame of the fifth. 

Left fielder Justin Upton, center fielder B.J. Upton's brother acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in January, sent a two-run homer screaming over the wall in left center to push the Braves lead to 6-3. All three homers came off Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (0-1).

Tim Hudson gave up six hits, three earned runs and struck out six in four and a third innings of action. Luis Avilan (1-0) earned the win, giving up only one hit and striking out one in one and two-thirds innings. Craig Kimbrel (1-0) earned his first save of the year, going one-two-three against Jimmie Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in the ninth.

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