Chase Utley homered in the fourth, singled in two runs in the fifth and tripled and scored in the seventh, but seven runs allowed by Cole Hamels and Chad Durbin were too much for the Phillies in a 7-5 opening night loss in Atlanta.
Hamels just didn't have it from the start, missing all over the place in the early-going and serving up three long homers to Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla and Justin Upton.
Hamels' early struggles shouldn't be a major surprise. Dating back to 2009, he's allowed 20 runs (18 earned) in 16.2 innings in his first starts of the year.
It was just one of those games where once the Phillies scored to close the gap, they couldn't keep the Braves off the board. After Utley's two-run single in the fifth came Upton's solo shot then two more Braves runs in the sixth.
-Everything about Utley's night. His homer was the 200th of his career.
-Ben Revere had a 12-pitch at-bat in the fifth inning that set up Utley's two-run single. Revere fouled off five pitches in the AB before walking. He also stole a bag earlier on a bizarre play in which catcher Gerald Laird didn't see he was moving on the pitch.
-Dom Brown singled his first time up and later walked. Important for Brown to start his season off right to generate some confidence as stats start to count.
-Hamels' overall lack of command.
-Chad Durbin went walk-double-single before being yanked three batters into his first outing of the year. Worse, it came against the bottom of the Braves' order with Uggla, Chris Johnson and Laird.
-Michael Young had a shaky night defensively at third base.