7:10 PM ET, April 3, 2013
Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia
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.
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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."
Freddie Freeman had three RBIs 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."
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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.
The Phillies were just 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
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"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."
Game notesThe 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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|1st||J Upton homered to right center (410 feet), J Heyward scored.||0||2|
|1st||J Francisco singled to right, F Freeman scored, D Uggla to third.||0||3|
|4th||E Gattis homered to left (387 feet).||0||4|
|4th||F Freeman doubled to deep left center, A Simmons, J Heyward and J Upton scored.||0||7|
|7th||C Utley doubled to deep right, L Nix and B Revere scored.||2||7|
|8th||J Heyward homered to right (400 feet), A Simmons scored.||2||9|
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|Stadium||Turner Field, Atlanta, GA|
|Attendance||24,289 (49.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||60 degrees, rain|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Mike Everitt, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Tim Welke|
* 1st pitcher in the Modern Era (since 1900) with 9 Ks in 3 1/3 IP or fewer * 1st Phillies pitcher to get first 8 outs of game via strikeout since Curt Schilling in 1998 (also vs Braves) * 1st time he's ever allowed a HR to a player making his MLB debut (Evan Gattis) * 4th time he's ever allowed a player's 1st career HR (Gattis, Freddie Freeman - 2010, Jerry Owens - 2007, Terrence Long - 2000) * Threw 57.9% strikes, his lowest strike percentage since September 20, 2008 (lower strike percentage in only 15 of his previous 377 career starts) * Threw only 50.5% fastballs (fastballs/sinkers/cutters), his 3rd-lowest single-game total since the start of 2009 * FROM ELIAS: 1st time he's thrown 40 pitches in one inning since July 12, 2007 * Fewest IP in a game he threw at least 95 pitches * Most pitches he's thrown in a game with 3 1/3 IP or fewer
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