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Williams Perez shines as Atlanta Braves top Phillies 5-1
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The Atlanta Braves' Nick Markakis watches his sacrifice fly to left field in which he batted in Mallex Smith during the second inning of Wednesday's game at Turner Field in Atlanta. - photo by JOHN AMIS

Braves vs. Phillies

When: 7:10 p.m. tonight

Where: Turner Field, Atlanta

On TV: Fox Sports Southeast

ATLANTA — Williams Perez allowed only two hits and one run in eight innings, Freddie Freeman homered and the Atlanta Braves finally claimed just their second home win by beating the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 on Wednesday night.

Perez (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett before the game, did not walk a batter while matching his longest start in the majors.

He allowed no baserunners through four innings before Ryan Howard led off the fifth with a homer.

Perez faced only one batter over the minimum. The only other hit he allowed was a one-out single in the eighth by Freddy Galvis. Pinch-hitter Darin Ruf then hit into a double play.

The Braves ended their streaks of five straight losses overall and 11 straight at home. Perez also started, but did not earn the win, in Atlanta’s only other home victory on April 19.

The Braves improved to 2-16 at Turner Field. Their 1-16 start in home games was the worst in the majors since the 1913 Yankees lost their first 17 decisions. The Yankees had one tie in that span, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Arodys Vizcaino allowed two-out singles to Odubel Herrera and Cesar Hernandez in the ninth before striking out Mikael Franco to end the game.

Freeman had three hits and scored two runs.

The Braves recalled Perez to fill the rotation spot left vacant when scheduled starter Jhoulys Chacin was traded to the Los Angeles Angels for minor league left-hander Adam McCreery on Wednesday.

The promotion of the 24-year-old Perez left the Braves with five starting pitchers who are 25 or younger.

Perez retired the first 12 batters before Howard’s eighth homer, an opposite-field shot that landed in the first row of the left-field seats. It was Howard’s 22nd career homer at Turner Field — the most for any visiting player. Mets third baseman David Wright is second with 19.

Freeman answered with his second homer in two nights with one out in the fifth to push the Braves’ lead to 4-1.

Freeman has six of Atlanta’s nine homers. Every other team in the majors has at least 25.

Freeman’s shot to right-center knocked Jerad Eickhoff out of the game after allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Williams was pitching on three days’ rest when he was pulled in the fourth inning of the Braves’ only other home win — an 8-1 decision over the Dodgers.

MOMENTUM
The Braves were eager to clear a rotation spot for Perez, who threw a one-hit shutout for Gwinnett on Friday and was named the International League pitcher of the week. He gave up only an infield hit in the 4-0 win over Charlotte.

“The thing I’m excited about with the trade is we get to put Williams Perez in the rotation,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said before the game.

TRAINER’S ROOM
Phillies: RHP Dalier Hinojosa, on the 15-day DL with a right hand contusion, will have tests to determine the cause of excess fluid around his hamate bone. … OF Cody Asche (right oblique strain) is closer to coming off the DL. He played seven innings on defense in extended spring training and has been taking batting practice. He is scheduled to play a full game on Thursday.

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