By Alan Randolph
Maikel Franco’s winter ball experience is paying off for the Phillies.
The third baseman hit a three-run homer during a seven-run second inning before Cedric Hunter’s three-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth of Friday’s 12-11 win over the Braves at Bright House Field.
Franco homered for the second straight day, and he added an RBI single in the fourth, as the Phillies built a 9-2 lead after four innings.
Hunter, a non-roster invitee who was released by the Braves at the end of last season, was in the game because he replaced Aaron Altherr in the top of the second. Altherr injured his left wrist diving for a line drive to right hit by Ender Inciarte leading off the game.