National League Game Summary - Atlanta at Chicago|
(Saturday, September 21st)
Final Score: Chicago 3, Atlanta 1
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Anthony Rizzo sparked a three-run eighth inning
to help the Chicago Cubs come from behind and defeat the Atlanta Braves, 3-1,
in the second game of a three-game set.
After a pair of singles from Starlin Castro and Donnie Murphy, Rizzo put a
line drive right on the left field line to plate Castro with a double. Dioner
Navarro then smacked a liner into right field, scoring Murphy to put the
Cubs ahead. Nate Schierholtz extended the lead on a sacrifice fly out to
center which brought in Rizzo for a 3-1 lead.
Castro and Brian Bogusevic both had two hits for the Cubs, who have won two of
their last three games.
Carlos Villanueva (7-8) recorded three outs in the eighth to earn the victory.
Starter Travis Wood allowed one run on five hits with seven strikeouts across
Scott Downs (2-1) pitched to two batters in the eighth and was reached for two
runs. Kris Medlen tossed 7 1/3 innings and held the Cubs to one run on six
hits with six strikeouts.
"We had some opportunities to add on some runs and couldn't get those runs
plated. When you don't get those add-on runs, it always seems to come back to
haunt you," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Chris Johnson went 2-for-4 for Atlanta. Their magic number sits at one. They
can still clinch the division title with a win or a Washington loss.
"It was nice not to have to see (a celebration) in person," Chicago manager
Dale Sveum said.
The Braves got on the scoreboard first. After a strikeout to Justin Upton,
Freddie Freeman worked a walk. Johnson stroked a soft liner into shallow
right and Freeman crossed the plate after Evan Gattis sent a groundball out to
the right side. Gattis moved up to second when Schierholtz misplayed the ball
for a fielding error. Dan Uggla was walked to load the bases again, but Wood
struck out B.J. Upton to end the inning.
Atlanta threatened but failed to add more runs in the eighth. Justin Upton led
off the inning with a stand up double after smacking a line drive into the
left field corner. After a walk to Freeman, Villanueva replaced Wood. Luis
Valbuena grabbed Johnson's grounder, stepped on third, and threw to first to
turn the double play. Gattis flew out to right to end the Atlanta threat.
Pedro Strop struck out the side in the ninth to earn his first save of the
Schierholtz extended his hitting streak to five games ... Atlanta leads the
season series 4-1 ... The Braves went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position
and left seven men on base.
09/22 00:31:04 ET