Jon Lester dominant as Cubs hold off Braves 4-3

ATLANTA (AP) Wade Davis has converted each of his 18 saves with the Cubs this year.

The ninth inning against the Braves was proof they haven't all been easy.

Jon Lester bounced back from the shortest start of his career by allowing only one run in seven innings and Chicago stopped Atlanta's ninth-inning comeback to give the Cubs a 4-3 win over the Braves on Monday night.

The Cubs led 4-1 before Atlanta scored two runs in the ninth off Davis. The game ended with the bases loaded.

''I've probably had two or three this year where I just don't know where anything is going,'' Davis said. ''With the outcome that the team wins, I'm not even upset.

Davis allowed one-out singles to Brandon Phillips and Freddie Freeman before Phillips scored from third on a wild pitch. Matt Kemp followed with a run-scoring single before pinch-runner Lane Adams stole second and moved to third on Tyler Flowers' fly ball to the warning track in center field.

Following an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Matt Adams, pinch-runner Dansby Swanson stole second, leaving runners on second and third. Davis walked Sean Rodriguez, playing in his first game of the season, to load the bases.

Johan Camargo's fly ball to shallow left ended the game.

Flowers said the ninth ''was fun - and it was almost real fun.''

It was a survival test for Davis.

''I was just happy I could make one or two pitches and get out of it,'' Davis said.

Davis has not blown a save in 24 consecutive chances, going back to September 2016 with Kansas City.

Ben Zobrist gave Chicago a 2-1 lead with a two-run single in the fifth. Anthony Rizzo hit his 23rd homer to center in the seventh, and Addison Russell drove in Javier Baez with a pinch-hit double in the eighth.

Lester (6-6) allowed one run in his first win since June 24. He added some offensive highlights to his big night. He hit a third-inning double and stole second - the first of his career - following a sixth-inning walk.

Lester returned to his winning form after allowing 10 runs, four earned, in two-thirds of an inning in a 14-3 loss to Pittsburgh on July 9.

The Cubs, coming off a sweep of Baltimore, have won four straight and trail first-place Milwaukee by 3 1/2 games in the NL Central. Chicago began the night only one-half game ahead of the Braves in the NL wild-card race.

Teheran (7-7) allowed two runs and five hits and four walks in six innings, leaving him 1-7 in 10 home starts. He is 6-0 on the road.

Phillips' single up the middle drove in Ender Inciarte, who stole third, in the third.

Kyle Schwarber ended the sixth inning by catching Freeman's fly ball in foul territory before tumbling over the short wall on the left field line.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves RHP Arodys Vizcaino (right index finger strain) had one strikeout and allowed no hits in one inning for Triple-A Gwinnett in what may be his only injury rehab appearance. Monday's roster moves left the team with a seven-man bullpen, but manager Brian Snitker indicated he'd go back to having eight relievers when Vizcaino returns in ''a couple days.''... OF Danny Santana (bacterial infection) came off the 10 day DL. RHP Jason Hursh and IF Jace Peterson were optioned to Gwinnett.

PACKED HOUSE

As always is the case in Atlanta, there was a strong presence by Cubs fans in the sellout crowd of 41,256.

Braves manager Brian Snitker said it was ''like a playoff game almost with the energy in the stadium.''

WEATHER DELAY

The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 3 minutes by weather.

BRAVES DEBUT

Rodriguez made his Braves debut, starting at third base. He mishandled a grounder hit by Willson Contreras in the fourth for an error.

Rodriguez spent the first half of the season recovering from surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder after a vehicle he was driving was rammed by a stolen police car in Miami on Jan. 28.

''I'm like a little kid on his birthday,'' Rodriguez said before the game.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP John Lackey (5-9, 5.20) is expected to come off the disabled list to make Tuesday night's start. He went on the DL with right foot plantar fasciitis following his previous start on July 5.

Braves: Rookie LHP Sean Newcomb (1-4, 426) will make his seventh start, and his first against Chicago. Newcomb has allowed a combined 11 runs in 7 1/3 innings in losing his past two starts.

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BravesATL45-46
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  • W: J. Lester (6-6)L: J. Teheran (7-7)S: W. Davis (18)
  • HR: CHC - A. Rizzo (23)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Zobrist LF50120014.219.308.379.6882.5
K. Bryant 3B50000002.272.397.525.9222.0
A. Rizzo 1B41211100.260.383.522.9058.0
W. Contreras C40000121.273.338.476.8132.0
K. Schwarber LF40000014.177.297.399.696-0.5
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W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
I. Happ CF40200021.261.329.538.8662.0
J. Heyward RF31000111.262.323.410.7331.5
J. Baez 2B42200021.264.303.453.7554.0
J. Lester P20100112.111.175.167.3424.5
a- A. Russell SS10110000.233.303.411.7143.0
  • a-doubled for Lester in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Inciarte CF41000001.307.352.412.7653.0
B. Phillips 2B41210000.294.339.444.7834.0
F. Freeman 1B41100011.333.438.7121.1501.5
M. Kemp LF40110010.294.338.487.8251.5
L. Adams PR00000000.241.267.379.6462.0
T. Flowers C30000111.294.386.426.8120.5
N. Markakis RF30100001.277.355.382.7371.0
A. Morris P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Adams PH00000100.291.339.564.9031.0
D. Swanson PR00000000.220.297.321.6192.0
S. Rodriguez 3B30000121.000.250.000.2500.0
J. Camargo SS40000013.322.347.487.834-0.5
J. Teheran P20100000.156.176.156.3331.0
I. Krol P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Santana RF10000010.221.273.389.662-0.5
  • a-was walked intentionally for Morris in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - I. Happ (12), J. Baez (16), J. Lester (2), A. Russell (15)
  • HR - A. Rizzo (23)
  • RBI - B. Zobrist 2 (28), A. Rizzo (60), A. Russell (32)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Russell (15)
BATTING
  • RBI - B. Phillips (35), M. Kemp (45)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Phillips (10)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - K. Bryant (7), W. Contreras (3), J. Lester
BASERUNNING
  • SB - E. Inciarte (12), L. Adams (5), D. Swanson (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - A. Rizzo, J. Baez
  • E - J. Baez (9)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Kemp (2)
  • E - S. Rodriguez, J. Teheran (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lester (W, 6-6)7.03111604.071.3029.0
K. Uehara (H, 13)1.00000103.131.073.5
W. Davis (S, 18)1.03222002.251.093.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Lester (W, 6-6)7.0
K. Uehara (H, 13)1.0
W. Davis (S, 18)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran (L, 7-7)6.05224504.691.397.5
I. Krol1.23220315.671.53-0.5
A. Morris1.11000200.000.273.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran (L, 7-7)6.0
I. Krol1.2
A. Morris1.1
PITCHING
  • WP - W. Davis (6)
  • IBB - W. Davis
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 102-68, K. Uehara 13-9, W. Davis 28-17
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 12-2, K. Uehara 1-1, W. Davis 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Lester 24, K. Uehara 3, W. Davis 8
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Teheran (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 107-59, I. Krol 24-18, A. Morris 20-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 10-4, A. Morris 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 28, I. Krol 7, A. Morris 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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BravesATL45-46
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Zobrist LF50120014.219.308.379.6882.5
K. Bryant 3B50000002.272.397.525.9222.0
A. Rizzo 1B41211100.260.383.522.9058.0
W. Contreras C40000121.273.338.476.8132.0
K. Schwarber LF40000014.177.297.399.696-0.5
K. Uehara P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
I. Happ CF40200021.261.329.538.8662.0
J. Heyward RF31000111.262.323.410.7331.5
J. Baez 2B42200021.264.303.453.7554.0
J. Lester P20100112.111.175.167.3424.5
a- A. Russell SS10110000.233.303.411.7143.0
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  • a-doubled for Lester in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Inciarte CF41000001.307.352.412.7653.0
B. Phillips 2B41210000.294.339.444.7834.0
F. Freeman 1B41100011.333.438.7121.1501.5
M. Kemp LF40110010.294.338.487.8251.5
L. Adams PR00000000.241.267.379.6462.0
T. Flowers C30000111.294.386.426.8120.5
N. Markakis RF30100001.277.355.382.7371.0
A. Morris P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Adams PH00000100.291.339.564.9031.0
D. Swanson PR00000000.220.297.321.6192.0
S. Rodriguez 3B30000121.000.250.000.2500.0
J. Camargo SS40000013.322.347.487.834-0.5
J. Teheran P20100000.156.176.156.3331.0
I. Krol P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Santana RF10000010.221.273.389.662-0.5
Total323620378-----
  • a-was walked intentionally for Morris in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - I. Happ (12), J. Baez (16), J. Lester (2), A. Russell (15)
  • HR - A. Rizzo (23)
  • RBI - B. Zobrist 2 (28), A. Rizzo (60), A. Russell (32)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Russell (15)
BATTING
  • RBI - B. Phillips (35), M. Kemp (45)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Phillips (10)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - K. Bryant (7), W. Contreras (3), J. Lester
BASERUNNING
  • SB - E. Inciarte (12), L. Adams (5), D. Swanson (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - A. Rizzo, J. Baez
  • E - J. Baez (9)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Kemp (2)
  • E - S. Rodriguez, J. Teheran (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lester (W, 6-6)7.03111604.071.3029.0
K. Uehara (H, 13)1.00000103.131.073.5
W. Davis (S, 18)1.03222002.251.093.0
Total9.0633370---
PITCHERSIP
J. Lester (W, 6-6)7.0
K. Uehara (H, 13)1.0
W. Davis (S, 18)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran (L, 7-7)6.05224504.691.397.5
I. Krol1.23220315.671.53-0.5
A. Morris1.11000200.000.273.0
Total9.09444101---
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran (L, 7-7)6.0
I. Krol1.2
A. Morris1.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - W. Davis (6)
  • IBB - W. Davis
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 102-68, K. Uehara 13-9, W. Davis 28-17
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 12-2, K. Uehara 1-1, W. Davis 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Lester 24, K. Uehara 3, W. Davis 8
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Teheran (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 107-59, I. Krol 24-18, A. Morris 20-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 10-4, A. Morris 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 28, I. Krol 7, A. Morris 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Kemp singled to left, Freeman scored43
    Phillips scored, Freeman to second on wild pitch42
  • 8TH INNING
    Russell doubled to deep center, Baez scored41
  • 7TH INNING
    Rizzo homered to center31
  • 5TH INNING
    Zobrist singled to center, Heyward and Baez scored21
  • 3RD INNING
    Phillips singled to center, Inciarte scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • A. Morris Pitching:
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bryant grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Rizzo grounded out to second
    • W. Contreras: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Wade Davis relieved Koji Uehara
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Inciarte grounded out to second
    • B. Phillips: Phillips singled to left center
    • F. Freeman: Freeman singled to right, Phillips to third
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Phillips scored, Freeman to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Kemp singled to left, Freeman scored
    • Lane Adams ran for Matt Kemp
    • T. Flowers: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Adams stole second, Foul, Flowers flied out to deep center, Adams to third
    • Matt Adams hit for Akeel Morris
    • M. Adams: Adams intentionally walked
    • Dansby Swanson ran for Matt Adams
    • S. Rodriguez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Swanson stole second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rodriguez walked
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Camargo flied out to left
    • End of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • I. Krol Pitching:
    • I. Happ: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Happ singled to left, Happ out at second
    • J. Heyward: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike looking, Baez doubled to left
    • Addison Russell hit for Jon Lester
    • Danny Santana in right
    • Akeel Morris pitching
    • A. Russell: Ball, Russell doubled to deep center, Baez scored
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Zobrist struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Koji Uehara pitching
    • Ben Zobrist in left
    • Addison Russell at shortstop
    • Javier Baez at second
    • S. Rodriguez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Rodriguez grounded out to third
    • J. Camargo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Camargo lined out to center
    • D. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Ian Krol relieved Julio Teheran
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Bryant flied out to center
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Rizzo homered to center
    • W. Contreras: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Contreras struck out looking
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Kemp grounded out to third
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Flowers struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Markakis grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • I. Happ: Ball, Happ doubled to left center
    • J. Heyward: Foul, Happ to third on Teheran fielding error, Foul, Ball, Foul, Heyward grounded out to second
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • J. Lester: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lester walked
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lester stole second, Zobrist grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Inciarte grounded out to first
    • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Phillips grounded out to third
    • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Ball, Freeman fouled out to left
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Heyward walked
    • J. Baez: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Baez singled to center, Heyward to second
    • J. Lester: Ball, Heyward to third, Baez to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Lester struck out looking
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Zobrist singled to center, Heyward and Baez scored
    • K. Bryant: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bryant reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Zobrist out at second
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Bryant stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rizzo walked
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Contreras walked, Bryant to third, Rizzo to second
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Schwarber grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • S. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Rodriguez struck out looking
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • J. Teheran: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Teheran grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Rizzo grounded out to third
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike looking, Contreras safe at first on 1st baseman Rodriguez fielding error
    • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Contreras stole second, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber flied out to left
    • I. Happ: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Happ struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kemp lined out to left
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Flowers walked
    • N. Markakis: Foul, Markakis grounded into double play shortstop to first, Flowers out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • J. Lester: Lester doubled to deep right
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Zobrist grounded out to second, Lester to third
    • K. Bryant: Bryant flied out to shallow right
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Camargo grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Teheran: Ball, Foul, Teheran singled to center
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Foul, Inciarte reached on fielder's choice to second, Inciarte to second, Teheran out at second on 2nd baseman Baez fielding error
    • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Inciarte stole third, Phillips singled to center, Inciarte scored
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Foul, Ball, Freeman grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Schwarber grounded out to second
    • I. Happ: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Happ struck out swinging
    • J. Heyward: Foul, Ball, Heyward grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Kemp struck out on foul tip
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Strike looking, Flowers grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Markakis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Markakis singled to center
    • S. Rodriguez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Zobrist grounded out to second
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Bryant flied out to shallow right
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rizzo singled to right
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Contreras flied out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Inciarte grounded out to second
    • B. Phillips: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Phillips grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)