John Lackey led the Chicago Cubs on the mound, and Willson Contreras delivered the big blow at the plate as the Cubs down the Braves for their 5th straight.
It took a few hours, but even Mother Nature couldn’t slow down a hot Cubs squad.
Part of a four-run third inning, the Cubs kept their hot approach at the plate and on the mound, as the Cubs won their fifth straight 5-1 over the Atlanta Braves late Tuesday night.
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It was the first time the Cubs have trailed so far in the second half, and it was rather short-lived.
Ben Zobrist added the fifth run on a ground out in the sixth.
Braves’ starter Sean Newcomb took the loss. He was tagged for five runs on eight hits.
In relief of Lackey, Brian Duensing and Pedro Strop each pitched a perfect inning. Carl Edwards Jr. also pitched a scoreless eighth and struck out three. It was vintage Héctor Rondon in the ninth, striking out three to seal the win.
Lackey picked up his sixth win. The Cubs have matched their season-high win streak of five games.
Wednesday concludes the three-game series between Chicago and Atlanta at SunTrust Park.