National League Game Summary - Chicago at Atlanta
(Saturday, April 6th)
Final Score: Atlanta 6, Chicago 5
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - After the Atlanta Braves rallied in the eighth,
the Upton brothers brought them home in the ninth.
B.J. Upton homered off Carlos Marmol to tie the contest, and brother Justin
crushed his second homer of the game two batters later to cap the comeback and
give the Braves a 6-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
Atlanta trailed 5-1 after seven innings, but scored three runs in the eighth.
Eric O'Flaherty (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless top of the ninth.
Marmol (0-1) recorded just a single out in the ninth.
"It's tough. I've been through it," said Cubs starter Carlos Villanueva, who
was in line for the win before Marmol blew the save. "I just hope he (Marmol)
understands that we've only had five games."
B.J. Upton was having a rough start to his Braves career, coming into the
contest 0-for-14 with nine strikeouts. However, he broke out of the slump on
Saturday with two hits, and his game-tying homer set the stage for Justin
Upton's game winner.
"I mean it was just a great team effort," said B.J. Upton. "We're down late in
the game and we stayed in it, piece together that eighth inning and came back
and got it done in the ninth."
Justin Upton had three hits and delivered a solo homer in the first, and his
leadoff double in the eighth sparked a three-run inning to help the Braves cut
their deficit to 5-4.
Freeman drove him home on a ground ball to right and Dan Uggla followed with a
single before Kyuji Fujikawa walked Gerald Laird to load the bases. Ramiro
Pena then came through with a two-run single to cut the Cubs' lead to one.
Chicago had the bases loaded with no one out in the top half of the frame, but
were unable to score. The Cubs had a runner in scoring position in the ninth
as well, but stranded Welington Castillo at second when Alberto Gonzalez
struck out to end the inning.
Nate Schierholtz gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the first after he drove home
David DeJesus with a two-out single. DeJesus reached on a double when his line
drive into right was mishandled by Jason Heyward.
After Justin Upton's solo homer in the bottom half tied the game, the Braves
stranded a runner on base in each of the next six innings.
The Cubs jumped back in front on Luis Valbuena's solo homer in the fourth and
extended their edge to 5-1 in the fifth, picking up two runs on Anthony
Rizzo's homer to right. Two batters later, Schierholtz doubled and then came
around to score on Castillo's single to center.
Villanueva made his Cubs debut and pitched well, allowing just one run
on six hits in 6 2/3 innings. He also had six strikeouts.
Julio Teheran had a successful spring for the Braves, but it didn't translate
into his first start of the season. In five innings pitched, he gave up five
runs on eight hits.
The Braves are 4-1 for the first time since 2009, when they began 5-1 ... The
Cubs had managed just 16 hits through their first four games, but had 13 on
Saturday ... Atlanta will go for the series sweep on Sunday. The Braves will
send Tim Hudson to the mound and Chicago will counter with Jeff Samardzija.
04/07 00:45:26 ET
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