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.