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Phillies use five-run first inning to beat Braves

ATLANTA (AP) -- Gavin Floyd tried to be more aggressive. Chase Utley needed to relax.

Both plans worked Thursday night as Floyd gave up three runs in
six innings and Utley hit his first two homers of the season,
giving the Philadelphia Phillies a 7-6 win over the Atlanta Braves.

The Phillies won two of three from the Braves after opening the
season with a 1-5 homestand.

"It feels good to win two in a row," said Phillies shortstop
Jimmy Rollins, who led off the game with a homer. "That's
something new around here. That's just the beginning."

Utley was hitting only .200 with no homers while Floyd (1-1) had
an ugly 10.13 ERA after his first start.

For Floyd, the key was to attack.

"It feels better to be able to let loose and let it go," Floyd
said. "That's what I focused on. ... The whole thinking process of
being perfect or whatever just went out the window."

Floyd gave up five hits and left the game with a 6-3 lead.

Jeff Francoeur's second homer of the game -- and the season -- was
a two-run shot off Ryan Franklin that cut the lead to 7-6 in the
eighth inning.

Tom Gordon earned his second save by stranding two runners in
the ninth.

Rollins, Bobby Abreu and Utley hit homered off Kyle Davies in
the Phillies' five-run first inning.

"I was leaving balls up and they hit them out of the ball
park," Davies said.

Utley added another home run in the fifth inning to chase Davies
(0-1). The Phillies' second baseman added a sacrifice fly in the
seventh off reliever Lance Cormier, giving him four RBI for the
game.

"He has been trying a little bit too hard," Philadelphia
manager Charlie Manuel said of Utley. "He gets in a little funk,
but he'll bust it and come out of it. He's fine. I don't worry
about him."

Utley, who hit 28 homers and drove in 105 runs in his first full
season in 2005, had no homers and three RBI through his first 30
at-bats this season.

Francoeur, last year's rookie sensation for Atlanta, was also
struggling, coming into the game with an .081 batting average.

"I gotta say it just felt good to hit a ball solidly,"
Francoeur said. "I just felt comfortable tonight. Just letting it
kind of work its way out, seeing it and swinging at it."

The Phillies took their third straight series win at Turner
Field. The Phillies have won five of the last nine series against
the Braves in Atlanta.

The Phillies came to Atlanta with a 1-5 record.

Davies threw 31 pitches before recording his first out, a
groundout by Ryan Howard that drew a sarcastic cheer from Braves
fans.

"He was just a little too geared up in the first inning," said
Braves manager Bobby Cox of Davies. "But after that he spotted the
ball well, changed speeds.

"You gotta remember you've got to pitch in the first inning,
not just throw."

Before the first out, the Phillies pounded Davies for five hits
and five runs. Rollins led off with a homer. After a double by
Aaron Rowand, Abreu followed with a two-run homer to left. Utley's
two-run homer to center drove in Pat Burrell for a 5-0 lead.

Davies needed 40 pitches to get out of the first inning and had
thrown 84 through four innings. He gave up nine hits and six runs
in 4 2-3 innings as his ERA climbed to 8.38.

The Braves tried to rally, scoring runs in the first, second and
fourth innings.

Renteria, who reached on a single, scored on Andruw Jones'
sacrifice fly in the first inning. Francoeur's first homer cut the
lead to 5-2 in the second inning. Adam LaRoche led off the fourth
with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Brian McCann,
trimming the lead to 5-3.

Utley, who carried a 1-for-19 slump into the game, gave
Philadelphia a 6-3 lead with his second home run.

Through 10 games, the Braves' five starting pitchers are 0-5.
The last time the Braves had no starting pitcher with a win after
10 games was 1988.

Game notes
The Phillies sent nine batters to the plate in the first,
the second time in two nights they batted around in an inning. They
sent 10 to the plate while scoring four runs in the second inning
of a 7-5 win Wednesday night. ... Rollins' first-inning homer was
his 14th career leadoff homer, tying him with Juan Samuel for the
Phillies' record. ... Davies gave up four homers for the first time
in his career.