ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves are looking forward to another chance to show off their new power game.
Home runs by Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla and newcomer Justin Upton led the Braves to a season-opening 7-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night. The teams are off on Tuesday before resuming the series on Wednesday night.
The impressive debut generated postgame enthusiasm in Atlanta's clubhouse as players talked about the depth of the team's new lineup. The Braves, who added brothers Justin and B.J. Upton in the offseason, showed great promise by leading all National League teams with 49 homers in spring training.
Justin Upton says "everything kind of fell into place" in the opener. Uggla boasted the Braves "have the power to go blow for blow with anybody."