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Freeman, Heyward power Braves past Brewers 5-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 1, 2014 at 11:17 pm •  Published: April 1, 2014
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Freddie Freeman finally solved Miller Park. The best way to hit there is to hit it out.

Freeman, hitting .111 in 10 previous games at the Brewers' ballpark, hit a pair of solo home runs, and Jason Heyward added a two-run shot, powering the Atlanta Braves to a 5-2 victory over Milwaukee on Tuesday night.

"I don't know what it is. I've always struggled here," said Freeman, who had four singles in 36 previous at-bats at Miller Park. "It's nice. I was obviously due."

Freeman opened the sixth with his first homer off Kyle Lohse (0-1) to put Atlanta up 3-1 and added a two-out home run in the eighth off Zach Duke to extend the lead to 4-1.

"I've always seemed to hit Lohse pretty good and he left a couple out for me," Freeman said.

Heyward's first homer of the season, after a one-out walk to No. 8 hitter Andrelton Simmons, put the Braves on top 2-1 in the fifth and snapped a string of 22 scoreless innings against the Brewers. Yovani Gallardo helped shut out the Braves on opening day.

"For me, the key was walking Simmons in that inning because you have the inning set up to where you don't have to get to the top of the lineup if I do my job there," said Lohse, who allowed three runs on five hits in seven innings, striking out eight and walking two.

Alex Wood (1-0) settled down for Atlanta after allowing a home run to Carlos Gomez on his first pitch. The left-hander allowed one run on five hits in seven innings. Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for the save.

"First pitch of the game, first hitter, you don't have much choice than to put it behind you from the get-go," said Wood. "It took me a few innings to settle in but after that, I got into a groove, got my fastball command back and just took off from there."

The Brewers were 8-2 in their last 10 games against Atlanta, with six shutouts, including the final meeting last season on a two-hitter by Lohse.

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