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Freeman homers as Braves strike again in 1st

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ATLANTA -- It didn't take Jose Bautista long to get a taste of how much he might enjoy being part of the dynamic, high-powered Braves lineup that has habitually tallied first-inning runs throughout this season.

Freddie Freeman extended this trend when he drilled an opposite-field, two-run homer off Chris Stratton in the Braves' 9-4 loss to the Giants at SunTrust Park on Friday.

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ATLANTA -- It didn't take Jose Bautista long to get a taste of how much he might enjoy being part of the dynamic, high-powered Braves lineup that has habitually tallied first-inning runs throughout this season.

Freddie Freeman extended this trend when he drilled an opposite-field, two-run homer off Chris Stratton in the Braves' 9-4 loss to the Giants at SunTrust Park on Friday.

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Bautista got into the act two batters later when he doubled off the center-field wall in his first plate appearance of the season. The 37-year-old veteran was promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett earlier in the day to begin his tenure as a third baseman and additional power source for a Braves team that entered Friday having tallied at least 22 more runs than any other National League team.

With Freeman's fifth homer of the season, the Braves have now scored a Major League-best 34 first-inning runs. The Nationals rank second with 33 first-inning runs, three of which were tallied on Friday night.

The Braves also lead the Majors with a .371 batting average during the first inning. The Nationals and Royals were the only other clubs that entered Friday with a first-inning batting average above .300.

Freeman's two-run shot was the 10th home run the Braves have hit in the first inning, matching the Rockies and Nationals for the most belted during the opening frame.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

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