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Atlanta Braves hit five homers, blast host Philadelphia Phillies

Jul 24, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) runs the bases after hitting a two run home run during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 24, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) runs the bases after hitting a two run home run during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Abraham Almonte homered, singled twice and drove in three runs to lift the Atlanta Braves past the host Philadelphia Phillies 15-3 on Saturday.

Joc Pederson added four hits, including a three-run home run, and four RBIs.

Freddie Freeman contributed a two-run home run, single and a walk and Dansby Swanson had three hits and an RBI for the Braves.

Ozzie Albies also hit a three-run home run and Austin Riley had a two-run homer and a single as the Braves recorded 17 hits.

Braves starter Drew Smyly gave up three hits and no runs with three strikeouts and three walks in four innings.

Josh Tomlin (4-0) earned the win in relief.

Andrew McCutchen had three hits for the Phillies.

Phillies starter Vince Velasquez struggled through 2 1/3 innings and allowed five hits and six runs. Velasquez (3-5) struck out three and walked two.

The Braves jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when red hot Freeman ripped a two-run home to right field. It was Freeman’s 23rd homer of the season.

Almonte hit a solo home run in the second and the Braves went ahead 3-0.

Atlanta extended its lead to 4-0 in the third when Swanson lined an RBI double down the left field line. When Almonte added a two-run single off Brandon Kintzler, the lead swelled to 6-0.

The Phillies managed three hits through the first three innings, a double by Bryce Harper and singles by Jean Segura and Alec Bohm.

Smyly walked the bases loaded to open the fourth, but Didi Gregorius grounded into a double play. Pinch hitter Travis Jankowski flied out to left to end the threat.

Pederson hit an RBI single for a 7-0 advantage in the sixth.

The Phillies closed within 7-1 in the sixth when Rhys Hoskins lined an RBI double to center.

Albies crushed a three-run homer off Enyel De Los Santos in the eighth for a 10-1 lead. Shortstop Ronald Torreyes came in to pitch with one out in the eighth and Riley hit a two-run home run on the second pitch for an 11-run advantage.

–Field Level Media