Rookie catcher Evan Gattis (24) is congratulated in the dugout by Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, right, and Dan Uggla after Gattis homered in his second at-bat during his major league debut Wednesday.

Rookie catcher Evan Gattis (24) is congratulated in the dugout by Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, right, and Dan Uggla after Gattis homered in his second at-bat during his major league debut Wednesday.

ATLANTA — Rookie catcher Evan Gattis homered in his first major-league game and Freddie Freeman drove in three runs as host Atlanta beat Philadelphia, 9-2, for the second consecutive time.

The Braves scored three runs in the first off Philadelphia starter Roy Halladay (0-1), including Justin Upton’s second homer in two games with Atlanta. Halladay gave up five runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings, walking three and striking out nine.

Paul Maholm (1-0) scattered six hits with six strikeouts and one walk in 5 2/3 shutout innings. Freeman finished 2-for-3, giving him five hits and six RBIs through two games.

Gattis served a Halladay offering just over the wall in left-center leading off the fourth, pushing Atlanta’s lead to 4-0. After reliever Raul Valdes walked Jason Heyward and Upton to load the bases later in the inning, Freeman doubled to left-center to drive in three runs.

Halladay recorded his first eight outs by strikeouts, but the Braves worked him for 40 pitches in the first inning. Upton followed Heyward’s first-inning single with a homer to right-center, and Juan Francisco’s single just past a diving Ryan Howard later in the inning plated the third Braves’ run.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Braves have scored 16 runs and hit six home runs in two games, Heyward adding a two-run blast in the eighth. … Gattis is the seventh Atlanta Brave to homer in his first major-league game, the first since Heyward in the 2010 season opener. … Philadelphia scored twice in the seventh, but lost a third run when Michael Young was called out for running outside the baseline.

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VSU 1 year ago

Braves looking good so far. 6 homeruns and 16 runs in 2 games. Hope they get the sweep tonight.

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