CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Chase Utley hit two homers to give him long balls in four straight at-bats, Cole Hamels pitched six innings in his final start before opening day and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 9-2 Wednesday.
Utley has hit two homers in each of his last two starts. His three-run homer to right field off Julio Teheran gave the Phillies the lead in the first. In his next at-bat, Utley led off the third with a shot that put the Phillies ahead 4-1.
"Having some positive results make you feel confident moving forward," Utley said. "That's the whole goal, try to put some good at-bats together, especially late in spring training, and try to take that into the regular season."