Acuna gets big hit as Braves score 3 in 8th, beat Cubs 4-1

ATLANTA (AP) Even the youngest player in the majors knows better than to be surprised by another extra-base hit from Ozzie Albies.

As Ronald Acuna Jr. has quickly learned, that's what Albies does.

Albies hit a triple and scored the tiebreaking run on Acuna's single in the eighth inning to send the Atlanta Braves past the Chicago Cubs 4-1 on Wednesday night.

It was clutch production from the youngsters at the top of the Braves' lineup.

''It doesn't really impress me because I know that's a talent he has,'' said Acuna, 20, of Albies, 21.

Albies leads the National League with 30 extra-base hits, including a double and triple against the Cubs. He began the night also leading the NL in total bases, runs and doubles. He was tied with Bryce Harper for the NL lead with 13 homers.

''I worked for that in the offseason and now that I'm here, it's to show what I've got,'' Albies said.

The 5-foot-8, 165-pound Albies continues to show surprising power. He's won over Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

''There's nothing tense about that dude's game - nothing,'' Maddon said before the game. ''I don't care how short or how tall he is, that's real.''

Carl Edwards Jr. (2-1) allowed five straight baserunners in Atlanta's three-run eighth, including a bases-loaded walk to Tyler Flowers, without getting an out. Justin Hancock also forced in a run with a walk to Johan Camargo.

The Braves' big inning was set up by Albies' triple to the wall in center field past Albert Almora Jr., who robbed Flowers of a probable home run earlier in the game.

''As soon as the ball fell, as soon as he dove for it, I said, I'm going to third,'' Albies said. ''I'm not staying at second base.''

Albies scored on Acuna's second hit, a sharp single to left field off Edwards. Acuna moved to third on Freddie Freeman's single against the shift to the opening on the left side of the infield. Freeman advanced to second on the play. Following an intentional walk to Nick Markakis, Edwards walked Flowers to force in a run.

A.J. Minter (2-0) stranded two runners in the eighth. Arodys Vizcaino, who blew a save opportunity in Tuesday night's 3-2 loss to Chicago, pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save in 10 chances.

After allowing a combined 14 earned runs on 23 hits over eight innings in losses to the Giants and Marlins in his last two starts, Braves right-hander Brandon McCarthy gave up just one run and five hits in six innings.

Chicago's Tyler Chatwood yielded one run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. He appeared stunned when he was pulled after a single by Acuna.

''I think it was just the competitive side in me,'' Chatwood said. ''I wanted to stay in there.''

Maddon brought in left-hander Brian Duensing, who walked Freeman before Markakis hit into his second inning-ending double play of the game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: Maddon said RF Jason Heyward (concussion) still has some protocol to clear but ''had a good day'' working with trainers on the field.

Braves: SS Dansby Swanson (left wrist inflammation) could soon be ready to play. He worked out before the game for the second straight day and his status will be determined after his wrist is re-evaluated.

ROBBED

Chatwood applauded on the mound after Almora reached above the center-field wall to rob Flowers in the second. Almora timed his leap perfectly to make the catch near the 400-foot mark. He then turned his back to the field to watch the replay on the video board before tipping his cap.

BIG DAY FOR BRYANT

The Cubs had one baserunner in each of the first four innings but did not score until pulling even at 1-all in the fifth. Ian Happ led off with a single and scored on Kris Bryant's single. Bryant had three hits.

UP NEXT

Cubs: LHP Jon Lester (3-1, 2.66 ERA) is 6-2 with a 2.47 ERA in nine career starts against the Braves. He brings a 1.83 ERA in six starts at Atlanta into Thursday night's game.

Braves: Rookie RHP Mike Soroka (1-1, 3.68) will make his fourth start overall and first against the Cubs. He has failed to last as long as five innings in his last two starts.

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  • W: A. Minter (2-0)L: C. Edwards (2-1)S: A. Vizcaino (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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K. Bryant 3B40310001.301.429.5961.0245.0
A. Rizzo 1B40000014.195.301.358.658-0.5
W. Contreras C20100201.277.361.504.8653.0
J. Baez 2B40100034.266.301.571.872-0.5
K. Schwarber LF40000025.241.362.474.836-1.0
C. Edwards P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Hancock P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
A. Russell SS40100002.250.336.367.7032.0
I. Happ RF-LF41100012.233.301.417.7181.5
T. Chatwood P10000010.200.200.200.400-0.5
B. Duensing P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- T. La Stella PH10000001.302.351.340.6900.0
S. Cishek P0000-000.500.500.500.000-
B. Zobrist RF10000000.287.362.383.7450.0
  • a-popped out for Duensing in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
O. Albies 2B42200000.283.320.598.9187.0
R. Acuna LF41210011.275.348.500.8483.5
F. Freeman 1B31210100.325.435.5671.0015.0
N. Markakis RF20000203.333.408.518.9262.0
T. Flowers C30110110.321.441.464.9053.5
E. Inciarte CF30000115.264.317.379.6970.5
J. Camargo SS20010221.193.343.368.7112.0
R. Flaherty 3B40000005.279.370.385.7540.0
B. McCarthy P20000000.059.059.118.1760.0
S. Carle P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Minter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- P. Tucker PH10000000.282.319.471.7890.0
A. Vizcaino P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-lined out for Minter in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Bryant (12), A. Russell (10)
  • SH - T. Chatwood (3)
  • RBI - K. Bryant (22)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Bryant (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Albies (15), T. Flowers
  • 3B - O. Albies (2)
  • RBI - R. Acuna (8), F. Freeman (32), T. Flowers (5), J. Camargo (11)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Camargo (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Russell-Baez-Rizzo; Russell-Baez-Rizzo; Rizzo-Russell-Duensing)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Freeman-Camargo)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Chatwood5.14112203.141.499.0
B. Duensing0.20001000.641.29-1.0
S. Cishek1.00001201.831.173.0
C. Edwards (L, 2-1)0.13332003.791.26-13.0
J. Hancock0.20001103.381.31-0.5
PITCHERSIP
T. Chatwood5.1
B. Duensing0.2
S. Cishek1.0
C. Edwards (L, 2-1)0.1
J. Hancock0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. McCarthy6.05112805.051.6417.0
S. Carle1.02000100.720.961.5
A. Minter (W, 2-0)1.01000102.501.569.5
A. Vizcaino (S, 8)1.00000102.611.1610.5
PITCHERSIP
B. McCarthy6.0
S. Carle1.0
A. Minter (W, 2-0)1.0
A. Vizcaino (S, 8)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - C. Edwards
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Chatwood 79-44, B. Duensing 12-6, S. Cishek 17-10, C. Edwards 16-9, J. Hancock 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Chatwood 6-6, B. Duensing 1-0, J. Hancock 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Chatwood 20, B. Duensing 2, S. Cishek 4, C. Edwards 6, J. Hancock 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. McCarthy 85-56, S. Carle 19-12, A. Minter 15-9, A. Vizcaino 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. McCarthy 3-6, A. Minter 1-1, A. Vizcaino 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. McCarthy 24, S. Carle 5, A. Minter 4, A. Vizcaino 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Almora CF40100032.297.355.423.779-0.5
K. Bryant 3B40310001.301.429.5961.0245.0
A. Rizzo 1B40000014.195.301.358.658-0.5
W. Contreras C20100201.277.361.504.8653.0
J. Baez 2B40100034.266.301.571.872-0.5
K. Schwarber LF40000025.241.362.474.836-1.0
C. Edwards P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Hancock P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
A. Russell SS40100002.250.336.367.7032.0
I. Happ RF-LF41100012.233.301.417.7181.5
T. Chatwood P10000010.200.200.200.400-0.5
B. Duensing P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- T. La Stella PH10000001.302.351.340.6900.0
S. Cishek P0000-000.500.500.500.000-
B. Zobrist RF10000000.287.362.383.7450.0
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  • a-popped out for Duensing in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
O. Albies 2B42200000.283.320.598.9187.0
R. Acuna LF41210011.275.348.500.8483.5
F. Freeman 1B31210100.325.435.5671.0015.0
N. Markakis RF20000203.333.408.518.9262.0
T. Flowers C30110110.321.441.464.9053.5
E. Inciarte CF30000115.264.317.379.6970.5
J. Camargo SS20010221.193.343.368.7112.0
R. Flaherty 3B40000005.279.370.385.7540.0
B. McCarthy P20000000.059.059.118.1760.0
S. Carle P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Minter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- P. Tucker PH10000000.282.319.471.7890.0
A. Vizcaino P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-lined out for Minter in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Bryant (12), A. Russell (10)
  • SH - T. Chatwood (3)
  • RBI - K. Bryant (22)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Bryant (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Albies (15), T. Flowers
  • 3B - O. Albies (2)
  • RBI - R. Acuna (8), F. Freeman (32), T. Flowers (5), J. Camargo (11)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Camargo (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Russell-Baez-Rizzo; Russell-Baez-Rizzo; Rizzo-Russell-Duensing)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Freeman-Camargo)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Chatwood5.14112203.141.499.0
B. Duensing0.20001000.641.29-1.0
S. Cishek1.00001201.831.173.0
C. Edwards (L, 2-1)0.13332003.791.26-13.0
J. Hancock0.20001103.381.31-0.5
Total8.0744750---
PITCHERSIP
T. Chatwood5.1
B. Duensing0.2
S. Cishek1.0
C. Edwards (L, 2-1)0.1
J. Hancock0.2
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. McCarthy6.05112805.051.6417.0
S. Carle1.02000100.720.961.5
A. Minter (W, 2-0)1.01000102.501.569.5
A. Vizcaino (S, 8)1.00000102.611.1610.5
Total9.08112110---
PITCHERSIP
B. McCarthy6.0
S. Carle1.0
A. Minter (W, 2-0)1.0
A. Vizcaino (S, 8)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - C. Edwards
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Chatwood 79-44, B. Duensing 12-6, S. Cishek 17-10, C. Edwards 16-9, J. Hancock 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Chatwood 6-6, B. Duensing 1-0, J. Hancock 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Chatwood 20, B. Duensing 2, S. Cishek 4, C. Edwards 6, J. Hancock 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. McCarthy 85-56, S. Carle 19-12, A. Minter 15-9, A. Vizcaino 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. McCarthy 3-6, A. Minter 1-1, A. Vizcaino 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. McCarthy 24, S. Carle 5, A. Minter 4, A. Vizcaino 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Camargo walked, Freeman scored, Markakis to third, Flowers to second14
    Flowers walked, Acuna scored, Freeman to third, Markakis to second13
    Acuna singled to left, Albies scored12
  • 5TH INNING
    Bryant singled to left center, Happ scored11
  • 1ST INNING
    Freeman singled to shallow right center, Albies scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Arodys Vizcaino pitching
    • A. Russell: Foul, Ball, Foul, Russell grounded out to second
    • I. Happ: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Happ struck out swinging
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Zobrist lined out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • S. Carle Pitching:
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bryant singled to left
    • A.J. Minter relieved Shane Carle
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Rizzo popped out to third
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Foul, Contreras singled to shallow center, Bryant to second
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Baez struck out on foul tip
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Schwarber grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ben Zobrist in right
    • Carl Edwards pitching
    • Preston Tucker hit for A.J. Minter
    • P. Tucker: Tucker lined out to first
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Foul, Albies tripled to deep right center
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Acuna singled to left, Albies scored
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Freeman singled to shallow left, Acuna to third, Freeman to second
    • N. Markakis: Markakis intentionally walked
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Flowers walked, Acuna scored, Freeman to third, Markakis to second
    • Justin Hancock relieved Carl Edwards
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Inciarte struck out swinging
    • J. Camargo: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Camargo walked, Freeman scored, Markakis to third, Flowers to second
    • R. Flaherty: Foul, Foul, Flaherty grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Shane Carle relieved Brandon McCarthy
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Ball, Russell doubled to deep left
    • I. Happ: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Happ flied out to right
    • Tommy La Stella hit for Brian Duensing
    • T. La Stella: La Stella popped out to shortstop
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Steve Cishek pitching
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Flowers struck out looking
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Inciarte walked
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • R. Flaherty: Strike looking, Ball, Flaherty flied out to left
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Contreras walked
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Baez struck out looking
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Schwarber grounded into double play first to shortstop, Contreras out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Albies popped out to shortstop
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Acuna singled to shallow center
    • Brian Duensing relieved Tyler Chatwood
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Freeman walked, Acuna to second
    • N. Markakis: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Markakis grounded into double play first to shortstop to pitcher, Freeman out at second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • I. Happ: Ball, Strike swinging, Happ singled to shallow left center
    • T. Chatwood: Chatwood hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Happ to second
    • A. Almora: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Bryant singled to left center, Happ scored
    • A. Rizzo: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • J. Camargo: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Camargo walked
    • R. Flaherty: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Flaherty grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Camargo out at second
    • B. McCarthy: Strike looking, McCarthy lined out to right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Contreras walked
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Schwarber struck out looking
    • A. Russell: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Russell flied out to right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Acuna struck out looking
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Freeman flied out to left
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Markakis walked
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Flowers doubled to deep left, Markakis to third
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Inciarte flied out to deep left
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • T. Chatwood: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Chatwood struck out swinging
    • A. Almora: Foul, Almora singled to shallow center
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bryant flied out to deep left, Almora to second
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Rizzo lined out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • R. Flaherty: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Flaherty grounded out to third
    • B. McCarthy: Strike looking, McCarthy grounded out to shortstop
    • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Albies flied out to deep center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Baez singled to right center
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • A. Russell: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Russell flied out to deep center
    • I. Happ: Happ fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Flowers flied out to deep center
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte grounded out to first
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Camargo struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • B. McCarthy Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Foul, Bryant doubled to left
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Rizzo popped out to shortstop
    • W. Contreras: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Contreras grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Albies doubled to deep center
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Acuna grounded out to second, Albies to third
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Foul, Freeman singled to shallow right center, Albies scored
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Markakis grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Freeman out at second
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)