ATLANTA — Ronald Acuna Jr. drove in Ozzie Albies with the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning to send the Atlanta Braves past the Chicago Cubs 4-1 on Wednesday night.

Carl Edwards Jr. (2-1) allowed five straight baserunners in Atlanta’s three-run eighth, including a bases-loaded walk to Tyler Flowers, without getting an out. Justin Hancock also forced in a run with a walk to Johan Camargo.

The Braves’ big inning was set up by Albies’ triple to the wall in centre field past Albert Almora Jr., who robbed Flowers of a probable home run earlier in the game.

Albies scored on Acuna’s second hit, a sharp single to left field off Edwards. Acuna moved to third on Freddie Freeman‘s single against the shift to the opening on the left side of the infield. Freeman advanced to second on the play. Following an intentional walk to Nick Markakis, Edwards walked Flowers to force in a run.

Albies scored Atlanta’s first run after his leadoff double in the first.

A.J. Minter (2-0) stranded two runners in the eighth. Arodys Vizcaino, who blew a save opportunity in Tuesday night’s 3-2 loss to Chicago, pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save in 10 chances.

The Cubs had one baserunner in each of the first four innings but did not score until pulling even at 1-all in the fifth. Ian Happ led off with a single and scored on Kris Bryant’s single. Bryant had three hits.

The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first when Albies doubled off the centre-field wall and scored …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca

      

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