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 ATLANTA (AP) - Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and rookie Evan Gattis homered, helping Paul Maholm and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-2 on Wednesday night.
Freddie Freeman had three RBIs as the Braves chased Roy Halladay in the fourth inning. Upton belted a two-run shot in the first to give him a pair of homers in his first two games for Atlanta.
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.
The game was played in a steady drizzle, but the conditions hardly affected Paul Maholm (1-0), who allowed six hits in 5 2-3 scoreless innings. He struck out six and walked one.
Gattis led off the fourth inning of his first major league game with a drive to left.
The Phillies were just 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
NATIONALS 3, MARLINS 0
WASHINGTON (AP) - Left-hander Gio Gonzalez homered, providing all the offense necessary to back his six scoreless innings, and Washington picked up another win.
Gonzalez (1-0), a 21-game winner in 2012 who finished third in NL Cy Young Award voting, allowed only two hits, along with five strikeouts and two walks.
His solo shot to left field off Kevin Slowey (0-1) came with one out in the fifth. Slowey gave up one run and four hits in 5 1-3 innings.
After hitting two homers in Game 1, Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper went 2 for 4 with a double. The 2012 NL Rookie of the Year scored on Ryan Zimmerman's single in the eighth off A.J. Ramos.
Rafael Soriano got his second save, completing Washington's second straight shutout of the Marlins.
METS 8, PADRES 4
NEW YORK (AP) - Matt Harvey allowed one hit and struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings for his first win at Citi Field, and Lucas Duda hit the first of the Mets' three homers in a whipping wind.
John Buck and Ike Davis also connected against Clayton Richard in the Mets' second straight romp over San Diego. They opened the season with an 11-2 win Monday.
David Wright added an RBI double in a game that began with a wind chill of 32 degrees.
Making his 11th career start and fifth at home, the 24-year-old Harvey (1-0) didn't allow a baserunner until Everth Cabrera singled to center field leading off the fourth.
Richard (0-1) gave up eight runs in 4 1-3 innings.
PIRATES 3, CUBS 0
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Wandy Rodriguez allowed just two hits over 6 2-3 innings and Pittsburgh earned its first win of the year.
Andrew McCutchen smacked an RBI double for the Pirates. Starling Marte and Gaby Sanchez also drove in a run, more than enough for Rodriguez on a frigid night.
Jason Grilli, promoted to the closer's role in the offseason, worked the ninth for his first save.
Rodriguez (1-0), acquired in a trade deadline deal with Houston last July, struck out six and walked one in a continuation of his strong spring.
Edwin Jackson (0-1) gave up two runs in five innings but lost to the Pirates for the first time in seven career starts. The Cubs produced just two singles and only put a runner on third once.
ROCKIES 7, BREWERS 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Juan Nicasio pitched six effective innings for his first victory in almost a year while Wilin Rosario, Michael Cuddyer and Dexter Fowler homered for Colorado.
The Rockies took two of three under new manager Walt Weiss in the season-opening series at Miller Park.
Nicasio (1-0) allowed two runs and seven hits for his first win since last April 30, when he beat the Los Angeles Dodgers. Winless in the next five starts, he went down with a season-ending knee injury on June 2.
Wily Peralta (0-1) gave up four runs, including Rosario's two-run homer.
Rickie Weeks hit a solo shot for Milwaukee.
INTERLEAGUE
REDS 5, ANGELS 4
CINCINNATI (AP) - Brandon Phillips hit a three-run homer in his new role as Cincinnati's cleanup hitter, and Joey Votto drove in the winning run with a ninth-inning single.
The Reds and Angels have split the first two games of the first interleague series to open a season.
Votto's first hit of the season off left-hander Scott Downs (0-1) deflected off the glove of first baseman Albert Pujols and rolled into the outfield, allowing Shin-Soo Choo to score from second base. Choo reached when he was hit by a pitch and advanced on a sacrifice.
Votto had been 0 for 6 heading into the decisive at-bat.
Phillips moved into the cleanup spot because of Ryan Ludwick's injury and hit the Reds' first homer of the season. He connected for a three-run shot against C.J. Wilson in the fourth inning.
Left-hander Aroldis Chapman (1-0) walked one in the ninth, throwing a 99 mph pitch that hit the backstop screen.
 

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