Ozzie Albies shows out for family on opening day

March 29, 2018 Atlanta: Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies celebrates hitting a solo homerun against the Phillies during the eight inning in a MLB baseball home opening game on Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Atlanta.  Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

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March 29, 2018 Atlanta: Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies celebrates hitting a solo homerun against the Phillies during the eight inning in a MLB baseball home opening game on Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

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Ozzie Albies’ family was visiting Atlanta for the first time this week. They won’t leave disappointed.

Albies played a key role in igniting a late Braves rally that resulted in an 8-5 win over the Phillies at SunTrust Park on Thursday.

The 21-year-old, playing in his first opening day, homered to center in the bottom of the eighth. That cut what was once a 5-0 Braves deficit into 5-3.

“I didn’t (know it was a home run),” Albies said. “I just hustled, and it was gone. Felt great.”

The team went on to score two more runs in the inning. Nick Markakis hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to win it.

It wasn’t the first noteworthy homer of Albies’ young career. He homered Aug. 3 for his first major-league hit.

When asked which was better, he thought for a moment.

“The last one,” he said. “It was my first big league hit, so I’ll take that one.”

Thursday was the first regular-season game the seven visiting family members had seen Albies play.

“It’s awesome,” he said. “I’ve never had this before. It’s my first one. Feeling great. I was happy for it and hopefully have a lot more years feeling like this, every opening night.”