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Freeman's 2 HR propel Braves

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After getting shut out in Monday's opener, the Braves knocked three homers (two by Freddie Freeman) in a 5-2 victory in Milwaukee yesterday.

Freeman's solo shots came in the sixth and eighth innings to provide the Braves with some insurance at the end of the game. Jason Heyward had earlier provided a two-run homer to give the Braves a 2-1 lead.

Alex Wood (1-0) picked up the win with seven strong innings. Wood gave up one run on five hits and three walks, while striking out five. His sole mistake was a home run to Carlos Gomez to start the game, but the early longball did not seem to shake Wood as he settled down thereafter.

The bullpen made it interesting, as David Carpenter gave up a run in the eighth before getting out of a jam. Craig Kimbrel, however, struck out the side in the ninth inning for his first save as the Braves evened their record at 1-1.

Kyle Lohse (0-1) took the loss for Milwaukee,giving up three runs over seven innings and striking out eight.

The rubber match in the series starts today at 1:10 PM, with Aaron Harang taking the hill for Atlanta. Harang was 5-12 last year with Seattle and the Mets, but signed by the Braves thanks to the slew of injuries that have plagued the rotation.


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