Sanchez, Tucker lead Braves to 4-0 win over Darvish, Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) Yu Darvish's first home start with the Chicago Cubs went nothing like his previous outing at Wrigley Field. Instead of dominating in a playoff win, he got knocked out in an early-season loss.

Anibal Sanchez pitched three-hit ball over six innings, Preston Tucker backed him with a three-run homer and the Atlanta Braves spoiled Darvish's home debut with a 4-0 victory on Friday.

Darvish had already dodged a few jams when he got thrown off by a balk call in the fifth that he and manager Joe Maddon did not think he deserved. The Braves went on to score all of the runs in that inning while knocking Darvish out of the game.

''After the balk, I got (thrown) off guard and just went downhill from there,'' Darvish said through an interpreter.

The four-time All-Star got tagged for four runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. Darvish (0-1) walked four and struck out four while throwing 105 pitches.

The last time he pitched at Wrigley, he worked into the seventh inning of a 6-1 Dodgers victory in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series last fall. Signed to a $126 million, six-year deal, he struggled for the second time in three starts with Chicago. And the Cubs lost again after dropping two of three to the surging Pittsburgh Pirates.

Tucker delivered the big blow in the fifth with a long homer to right to make it 4-0, and that was all the Braves needed with Sanchez (1-0) dominating.

''I faced him one time right before I had shoulder surgery, and it wasn't pretty,'' said Tucker, who has three homers - all three-run shots. ''It's hard enough to hit him when you're healthy.''

Sanchez struck out six and walked one. He has a 1.29 ERA through two starts and three appearances after signing a minor league deal in mid-March.

Shut out for the third time this season, the Cubs have scored just one run in the two games since a 13-5 romp over Pittsburgh. But Ian Happ insisted he is not concerned.

''Look around this room,'' he said. ''Look at our lineup every day.''

TAKING THE LEAD

The Braves finally broke through against Darvish in the fifth, sending 10 batters to the plate.

He gave up a double to Ozzie Albies, got called for the balk and bounced a pitch to Nick Markakis with two outs to bring home the first run. Six straight batters then reached base, starting with a single by Markakis.

After Kurt Suzuki doubled, Tucker hit a drive to right that ricocheted out of the ballpark.

Darvish threw 39 pitches in the inning and exited after walking Sanchez to load the bases. Brian Duensing then retired Ender Inciarte on a bouncer to the pitcher.

QUOTABLE

''The umpire told me (I) paused (in) the motion. But over the course of my career, I've done that many times and it was never called balk.'' - Darvish on the balk.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: RHP Brandon McCarthy is on track to make his next start after dislocating his left shoulder at Washington on Wednesday. ''He's fine,'' manager Brian Snitker said. ... RHP Aaron Blair (right shoulder) is scheduled to be examined by Dr. James Andrews on Monday. He left Wednesday's start at Triple-A Gwinnett after injuring his arm. Blair made 15 starts for the Braves in 2016 and one last season.

Cubs: Manager Joe Maddon said he thinks 1B Anthony Rizzo (back) will be ready to return from the 10-day disabled list when he is eligible against St. Louis on Monday. ''He's making great progress,'' Maddon said. ... CF Albert Almora was scratched because of an illness. Ian Happ started and led off in his place.

UP NEXT

Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (1-1, 4.35 ERA) looks to build on a scoreless six-inning performance against Colorado on Sunday.

Cubs: LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 4.50) goes for back-to-back wins after throwing six scoreless innings at Milwaukee on Sunday.

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  • W: A. Sanchez (1-0)L: Y. Darvish (0-1)
  • HR: ATL - P. Tucker (3)
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D. Swanson SS40100111.340.377.560.9372.5
R. Flaherty 3B50300011.366.458.463.9221.5
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  • a-walked for Sanchez in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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  • a-struck out for Duensing in the 5th
  • b-struck out for Edwards in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Albies 2 (7), K. Suzuki, D. Swanson (6)
  • HR - P. Tucker (3)
  • RBI - P. Tucker 3 (12)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. Tucker 3 (7)
BATTING
  • 2B - I. Happ (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - R. Flaherty
FIELDING
  • E - Y. Darvish, T. La Stella
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Sanchez (W, 1-0)6.03001601.291.2127.0
S. Freeman1.00000100.000.683.5
A. Minter1.01000200.000.863.0
A. Vizcaino1.00000002.701.503.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Sanchez (W, 1-0)6.0
S. Freeman1.0
A. Minter1.0
A. Vizcaino1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Y. Darvish (L, 0-1)4.29444416.001.53-8.0
B. Duensing0.10000000.000.900.0
P. Strop1.01000100.000.902.5
M. Montgomery1.01001005.681.581.0
C. Edwards1.01000101.291.142.5
B. Morrow1.00000100.000.673.5
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Sanchez
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 94-63, S. Freeman 17-12, A. Minter 16-13, A. Vizcaino 10-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 7-4, S. Freeman 1-1, A. Vizcaino 1-2
  • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 22, S. Freeman 3, A. Minter 4, A. Vizcaino 3
PITCHING
  • WP - Y. Darvish (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Darvish 105-61, B. Duensing 5-3, P. Strop 12-9, M. Montgomery 20-12, C. Edwards 18-12, B. Morrow 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Darvish 6-4, B. Duensing 1-0, M. Montgomery 3-0, B. Morrow 1-1
  • Batters Faced - Y. Darvish 27, B. Duensing, P. Strop 4, M. Montgomery 5, C. Edwards 4, B. Morrow 3
  • Balks - Y. Darvish
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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F. Freeman 1B50100022.311.492.5781.0700.0
N. Markakis RF41200111.288.393.442.8363.5
K. Suzuki C51100014.259.355.519.8732.5
P. Tucker LF41231000.308.349.590.9399.0
P. Bourjos LF10000000.133.188.200.3880.0
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R. Flaherty 3B50300011.366.458.463.9221.5
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  • a-walked for Sanchez in the 7th
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K. Schwarber LF40000020.244.326.537.863-1.0
A. Russell SS30000000.205.314.295.6090.0
J. Baez 2B30000020.190.320.595.915-1.0
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M. Montgomery P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Edwards P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Duensing in the 5th
  • b-struck out for Edwards in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Albies 2 (7), K. Suzuki, D. Swanson (6)
  • HR - P. Tucker (3)
  • RBI - P. Tucker 3 (12)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. Tucker 3 (7)
BATTING
  • 2B - I. Happ (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - R. Flaherty
FIELDING
  • E - Y. Darvish, T. La Stella
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Sanchez (W, 1-0)6.03001601.291.2127.0
S. Freeman1.00000100.000.683.5
A. Minter1.01000200.000.863.0
A. Vizcaino1.00000002.701.503.0
Total9.0400190---
PITCHERSIP
A. Sanchez (W, 1-0)6.0
S. Freeman1.0
A. Minter1.0
A. Vizcaino1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Y. Darvish (L, 0-1)4.29444416.001.53-8.0
B. Duensing0.10000000.000.900.0
P. Strop1.01000100.000.902.5
M. Montgomery1.01001005.681.581.0
C. Edwards1.01000101.291.142.5
B. Morrow1.00000100.000.673.5
Total9.01244571---
PITCHERSIP
Y. Darvish (L, 0-1)4.2
B. Duensing0.1
P. Strop1.0
M. Montgomery1.0
C. Edwards1.0
B. Morrow1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Sanchez
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 94-63, S. Freeman 17-12, A. Minter 16-13, A. Vizcaino 10-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 7-4, S. Freeman 1-1, A. Vizcaino 1-2
  • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 22, S. Freeman 3, A. Minter 4, A. Vizcaino 3
PITCHING
  • WP - Y. Darvish (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Darvish 105-61, B. Duensing 5-3, P. Strop 12-9, M. Montgomery 20-12, C. Edwards 18-12, B. Morrow 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Darvish 6-4, B. Duensing 1-0, M. Montgomery 3-0, B. Morrow 1-1
  • Batters Faced - Y. Darvish 27, B. Duensing, P. Strop 4, M. Montgomery 5, C. Edwards 4, B. Morrow 3
  • Balks - Y. Darvish
  • 5TH INNING
    Tucker homered to right, Markakis and Suzuki scored40
    Albies scored on wild pitch10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Brandon Morrow pitching
    • P. Bourjos: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Bourjos grounded out to pitcher
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Swanson struck out looking
    • R. Flaherty: Ball, Flaherty lined out to left
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Arodys Vizcaino relieved A.J. Minter
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bryant lined out to right
    • W. Contreras: Contreras grounded out to third
    • K. Schwarber: Foul, Ball, Schwarber lined out to center
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Carl Edwards relieved Mike Montgomery
    • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Albies flied out to right
    • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Freeman flied out to left
    • N. Markakis: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Markakis reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • K. Suzuki: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Suzuki struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A.J. Minter relieved Sam Freeman
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Heyward popped out to shortstop
    • Ben Zobrist hit for Carl Edwards
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Zobrist struck out swinging
    • I. Happ: Strike swinging, Happ doubled to right center
    • T. La Stella: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, La Stella struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Mike Montgomery relieved Pedro Strop
    • P. Tucker: Ball, Tucker grounded out to second
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Swanson safe at first on 2nd baseman La Stella fielding error
    • R. Flaherty: Pickoff attempt, Flaherty reached on an infield single to second, Swanson to third
    • Lane Adams hit for Anibal Sanchez
    • L. Adams: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Flaherty caught stealing, catcher to second, Ball, Adams walked
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to third, Foul, Ball, Inciarte grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • Peter Bourjos in left
    • Sam Freeman pitching
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • A. Russell: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Russell flied out to center
    • J. Baez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Baez grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Pedro Strop pitching
    • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Ball, Albies doubled to deep right
    • F. Freeman: Freeman flied out to left
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Markakis struck out looking
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki lined out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • T. La Stella: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, La Stella singled to left
    • K. Bryant: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Bryant reached on fielder's choice to third, La Stella out at second
    • W. Contreras: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Contreras grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Bryant out at second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Inciarte struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Albies doubled to right
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Albies to third on balk, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Albies scored on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Ball, Markakis singled to center
    • K. Suzuki: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Suzuki doubled to left, Markakis to third
    • P. Tucker: Ball, Ball, Foul, Tucker homered to right, Markakis and Suzuki scored
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Swanson walked
    • R. Flaherty: Pickoff attempt, Flaherty reached on bunt single to shortstop, Swanson to second
    • A. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sanchez walked, Swanson to third, Flaherty to second
    • Brian Duensing relieved Yu Darvish
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Inciarte grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 5th (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Heyward lined out to right
    • Efren Navarro hit for Brian Duensing
    • E. Navarro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Navarro struck out swinging
    • I. Happ: Foul, Happ flied out to left
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • P. Tucker: Foul, Foul, Tucker grounded out to second
    • D. Swanson: Swanson doubled to deep left
    • R. Flaherty: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Flaherty struck out looking
    • A. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez grounded bunt out to catcher
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Schwarber grounded out to second
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Russell flied out to right
    • J. Baez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Baez struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Markakis popped out to shortstop
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Suzuki grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Heyward walked
    • Y. Darvish: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Darvish flied out to center
    • I. Happ: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Happ singled to center, Heyward to second
    • T. La Stella: Foul, La Stella grounded out to first, Heyward to third, Happ to second
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Bryant hit by pitch
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Contreras grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • P. Tucker: Strike swinging, Tucker singled to right center
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Swanson reached on fielder's choice to first, Tucker out at second
    • R. Flaherty: Ball, Swanson to second on Darvish fielding error, Ball, Flaherty singled to right center, Swanson to third
    • A. Sanchez: Sanchez flied out to right
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Inciarte walked, Flaherty to second
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Albies grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Schwarber struck out looking
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Ball, Russell grounded out to second
    • J. Baez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Baez struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte grounded out to first
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Albies fouled out to third
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Freeman singled to center
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Markakis walked, Freeman to second
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Foul, Suzuki lined out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • I. Happ: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Happ struck out looking
    • T. La Stella: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, La Stella struck out swinging
    • K. Bryant: Bryant singled to right center
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Contreras grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)