Chicago at Atlanta

Final 10th
W: A. Wood (3-5) L: W. Wright (0-1)
HR: CHC - M. Olt (7)   ATL - None

Freeman's single lifts Braves past Cubs in 10th inning wire reports

ATLANTA -- With a runner on second and first base open, the Cubs played it by the book and walked Justin Upton.

Even before leaving the batter's box, Upton flashed a grin to Freddie Freeman, who also grinned as he waited on-deck. They seemed to know what was coming.

Freeman's single up the middle drove in Jason Heyward from second base in the 10th inning and the Atlanta Braves recovered from Craig Kimbrel's blown save to beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 Friday night.

Freeman said he savored the opportunity when the Cubs walked Upton.

"It puts a smile on my face," Freeman said. "I don't know if you saw on TV, but after the second, third and fourth pitches Justin and I were kind of just laughing at each other. It kind of fires you up, if you're not fired up already.

"When they walk someone intentionally to get to you, it definitely lights a fire under your butt."

Chris Johnson, whose two-run single in the third inning gave Atlanta a 2-1 lead, said facing Freeman with the game on the line is a dangerous strategy. Freeman, who had three hits, is hitting .321.

"I think Freddie is the best hitter in the National League," said Johnson, who had three hits.

Kimbrel couldn't hold the 2-1 lead in the ninth after Julio Teheran allowed only one hit -- Mike Olt's homer -- in eight innings.

Wesley Wright (0-1) walked Heyward to lead off the 10th. Heyward stole second base, setting up Wright's intentional walk to Upton.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he knows Cubs manager Rick Renteria faced a tough decision.

"You've got to pick your poison," Gonzalez said.

Freeman ended the game with his single. Heyward slid home with the winning run as Ryan Kalish's throw from center field was off target.

Luis Valbuena led off the 10th with a single to right field off Alex Wood (3-5), who then recorded three straight outs in his first relief appearance of the season. The Braves announced before the game Wood was moving to the bullpen for one week.

The Braves earned only their second win in their last 10 games. The Cubs, last in the NL Central, have lost five of six but took some solace in the ninth-inning comeback off Kimbrel.

"All in all, I take away we fought a pretty good battle, but we just fell a little short," Renteria said.

Olt led off the third inning with his seventh homer to give Chicago a 1-0 lead. Teheran retired 17 consecutive batters after the homer.

Chris Coghlan led off the ninth with a single off Kimbrel. Coghlan moved to second on Emilio Bonifacio's groundout and scored on a single to left by Kalish, who advanced to second on Justin Upton's fielding error. Kalish moved to third on Anthony Rizzo's grounder to first. Kimbrel walked Starlin Castro before ending the inning on another grounder by Nate Schierholtz.

"There's definitely a lot of fight in this team," Olt said. "As long as we keep fighting we're going to find a way to come up with some wins."

Teheran began the night fifth in the majors with a 1.80 ERA and he lowered the mark to 1.71. He had a season-high nine strikeouts with two walks.

Kimbrel suffered his second blown save in 11 chances.

Chicago's Jason Hammel allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk in seven innings.

The Braves' only runs against Hammel came on a string of three straight two-out hits in the third. Freeman and Evan Gattis singled, Gattis moved to second on a wild pitch and Johnson drove both runners in with a single to left field.


The start of the game was delayed 18 minutes by rain. ... Johnson capped his big night with an eighth-inning single before stealing second -- his first stolen base since 2012 and only the 11th of his career. ... Wood had been scheduled to start Sunday against the Cubs. Instead, RHP Aaron Harang will make Sunday's start. Gonzalez said Wood will be back in the rotation on May 17 against St. Louis. ... The series continues on Saturday night when Braves RHP Ervin Santana faces Cubs RHP Jeff Samardzija.

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Freddie Freeman wins it for the Braves in the 10th inning, raising his average to .321 on the season. (USATSI)
Freddie Freeman wins it for the Braves in the 10th inning, raising his average to .321 on the season. (USATSI)

Players of the Game

J. Hammel
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 2
BB 1
K 5

F. Freeman
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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Emilio Bonifacio, CF-2B4000020 .297
Ryan Kalish, LF-CF3011100 .254
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4000011 .285
Starlin Castro, SS3000110 .274
Nate Schierholtz, RF4000022 .193
Luis Valbuena, 2B-3B4010010 .217
Mike Olt, 3B2111110 .192
   Hector Rondon, P0000000 .000
   a-Junior Lake, PH1000011 .239
   Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
John Baker, C4000002 .069
Jason Hammel, P2000010 .071
   Zac Rosscup, P0000000 .000
   Chris Coghlan, LF2110011 .250
a-struck out for Rondon in the 10th
HR - Mike Olt (7, Teheran)
RBI - Ryan Kalish (4), Mike Olt (17)
CS - Ryan Kalish (2, 2nd base by Teheran/Gattis)
Team LOB - 4
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
Jason Hammel 7722150 2.45
Zac Rosscup 0.2100010 0.00
Hector Rondon 1.1000030 1.56
Wesley Wright (L,0-1) 0111200 2.38
IBB - Upton by Wesley Wright
WP - Jason Hammel (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 112-76, Zac Rosscup 14-10, Hector Rondon 24-15, Wesley Wright 11-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 5-11, Zac Rosscup 1-0, Hector Rondon 1-0
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 29, Zac Rosscup 3, Hector Rondon 4, Wesley Wright 3
Atlanta Braves
Jason Heyward, RF4110110 .211
Justin Upton, LF4000101 .293
Freddie Freeman, 1B4131100 .321
Evan Gattis, C4120011 .265
Chris Johnson, 3B4032010 .262
B.J. Upton, CF4000035 .205
Andrelton Simmons, SS4000010 .263
Julio Teheran, P3000000 .105
   Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
   a-Ryan Doumit, PH1000010 .171
   Alex Wood, P0000000 .000
Ramiro Pena, 2B4000010 .205
a-struck out for Kimbrel in the 9th
RBI - Freddie Freeman (20), Chris Johnson 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Johnson 2 (4)
SB - Jason Heyward (6, 2nd base off Wright/Baker), Chris Johnson (1, 2nd base off Rondon/Baker)
Team LOB - 9
E - Justin Upton (4, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
Julio Teheran 8111291 1.71
Craig Kimbrel (BS,2) 1211100 2.70
Alex Wood (W,3-5) 1100020 2.93
Pitches-Strikes - Julio Teheran 105-64, Craig Kimbrel 24-13, Alex Wood 22-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Julio Teheran 5-9, Craig Kimbrel 3-0
Batters Faced - Julio Teheran 26, Craig Kimbrel 6, Alex Wood 4
Game Information
Attendance - 27145
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Seth Buckminster, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski