ATLANTA — The 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 Phillies.
Jason Heyward just loves what he is seeing so far.
"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 Atlanta to a 9-2 victory over Philadelphia.
The Braves jumped in front for the second straight game and never trailed. Upton belted a two-run shot in the first to give him homers in each of his first two games with Atlanta.
Halladay, who struggled with a sore shoulder last season and had a difficult spring training, gave up five runs and six hits in 31/3 innings.
"I felt good," Halladay said. "Felt good in the bullpen, felt good on the mound."