Mike Montgomery allowed just two hits and homered, as the Chicago Cubs completed a perfect road trip, sweeping the Atlanta Braves 8-2.
Chicago earned their first sweep in Atlanta since 2008.
Montgomery was superb on the mound. He didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning and struck out five. It was his first outing of at least six innings since June 30.
Addison Russell started the Cubs’ scoring with a RBI double in the second inning. He was 4-for-4 to raise his batting average to .240. The former Braves’ prospect Víctor Caratini just missed his first career home run in the early innings.
Cause for concern?
If there’s one sour note, it’s Kris Bryant leaving the game after an awkward slide into third base.
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Bryant was 1-for-1 with a double in the first inning but suffered a sprained pinky as he slid head first into third base on runner’s fielder’s choice.
Ender Inciarte and Tyler Flowers homered for the Braves and R.A. Dickey notched his 2,000th career inning pitched. He pitched seven innings and allowed four runs, the most he’s allowed in a game since June 13. Freddie Freeman left the game ill.
Relievers Justin Grimm, Koji Uehara, Pedro Strop and Héctor Rondon pitched out of the bullpen. Strop came into a dirty 8th inning attempting to strand the bases loaded and did that, as he induced the inning-ending double play.
The Chicago Cubs are off Thursday and will begin a homestand starting with the St. Louis Cardinals Friday from Wrigley Field.