Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Freddie Freeman went 3-for-4 with a two-run
homer and three RBI to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 7-5 win over the
Philadelphia Phillies in the season opener for both teams at Turner field.
Justin Upton and Dan Uggla both had solo homers and Gerald Laird drove in a
run for the Braves, who lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the one-game
National League Wild Card round last season.
Luis Avilan (1-0) earned the win after allowing one hit over 1 2/3 innings of
relief. Starter Tim Hudson allowed three runs on six hits over 4 1/3 frames.
Craig Kimbrel, who tied Cardinals closer Jason Motte for the NL lead in saves
with 42 in 2012, picked up the save with a perfect ninth inning.
Chase Utley was a double shy of the cycle with a solo homer and three RBI and
Ryan Howard knocked in a run for the Phillies, who missed the playoffs last
season for the first time since 2006.
Cole Hamels (0-1) was shelled for five runs on seven hits -- three homers --
while striking out five over five innings to absorb the loss.
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