Cubs throw out 2 runners at home, rally to beat Braves 3-2

ATLANTA (AP) Willson Contreras threw one away, then made the tag at home plate to keep the Braves off the scoreboard in the very first inning.

Turns out, the Chicago catcher was just getting warmed up.

Contreras threw out runners at home and third during a wild fifth inning, and the Cubs rallied for two runs in the ninth to stun first-place Atlanta 3-2 on Tuesday night.

''We'll take it,'' Chicago manager Joe Maddon said.

This one really stung for the Braves, who were coming off a 6-1 road trip that propelled them to the best record in the National League.

They were fuming after two questionable calls on the basepaths in the fifth ruined a potentially big inning.

''We've been winning most of those games,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. ''It's not going to go your way all the time. We'll be fine.''

After Ronald Acuna Jr. broke a 1-1 tie with a mammoth homer in the eighth , the Cubs bounced back against Atlanta closer Arodys Vizcaino. Back-to-back doubles by Albert Almora Jr. and Addison Russell tied it at 2, and Ben Zobrist came through with a two-out, run-scoring single off Vizcaino (1-2).

Carl Edwards Jr. (2-0) earned the win despite surrendering Acuna's homer over the 400-foot sign in center field. Brandon Morrow got the final three outs for his 10th save.

Chicago's Yu Darvish returned from the disabled list after a bout with the flu, only to work just four innings because of cramping. Still, his first appearance since May 2 was an encouraging one, given that he was 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA in his first season with the Cubs.

The only run off Darvish was Ender Inciarte's fourth-inning homer.

''It was really enjoyable going out there,'' Darvish said through an interpreter. ''We have such a strong team. When I look behind me, I see all these star players.''

With the game tied at 1 in the fifth, the Braves put runners at first and third with no outs after Javier Baez's throwing error ruined a potential double play.

That's when things really got wacky.

First, Mike Montgomery's pitch skipped past Contreras but caught a fortuitous ricochet off the backstop, bouncing right back to the catcher so he could make a quick throw to Montgomery covering home. The tag caught Johan Camargo on the left shoulder as he made a head-first slide , leading plate umpire Jim Wolf to call him out. The Braves challenged, and at least one replay angle appeared to show Camargo getting his left hand to the plate a split-second ahead of the tag.

After a two-minute review, the call was upheld.

Snitker was irate, screaming and waving his arms in the dugout until Wolf mouthed to him, ''Enough.''

''There wasn't enough evidence to overturn it, I guess,'' Snitker said with a shrug.

The manager was angry again when another pitch got away from Contreras, who briefly struggled to find the ball. Charlie Culberson broke for third and appeared to get a foot to the bag before Kris Bryant tagged his ankle, but third-base umpire Sam Holbrook signaled out.

With no more challenges, there was nothing the Braves could do.

''Everybody said he was safe,'' Snitker said. ''It would be nice to have a couple of those challenges.''

Mike Foltynewicz struck out 10 in five innings, but also walked five and was pulled after throwing 107 pitches. The Cubs scored an unearned run in the fourth on Kurt Suzuki's throwing error after a strikeout.

Darvish, on the other hand, benefitted from a brilliant defensive play by left fielder Kyle Schwarber in the first, a strange sequence that began after Contreras' errant throw on Freddie Freeman's steal of second deflected off the runner into short left field.

Schwarber swooped in to pick up the ball and the throw landed perfectly in Contreras' mitt just in time to tap Freeman's left foot as he was sliding for home.

There was no doubt about that call.

FIRST PITCH

A ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by the newest coach in Atlanta.

Lloyd Pierce did the honors one day after being introduced by the NBA's Hawks.

HOME BLUES

The Braves began a stretch where 26 of 40 games will be at home.

That may not be a good thing.

Atlanta is just 8-8 at SunTrust Park, including four straight losses, compared to 17-8 on the road.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: With Darvish coming off the DL, OF Mark Zagunis was optioned to Triple-A Iowa

Braves: SS Dansby Swanson (left wrist) appears close to coming off the DL. He took batting practice Tuesday and could rejoin the Braves for a weekend series against the Miami Marlins.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP Tyler Chatwood (3-3, 3.35) will face the Braves on Wednesday night looking for his fourth straight win after beginning the season 0-3.

Braves: RHP Brandon McCarthy (4-2, 5.58) hopes to bounce back from two straight miserable outings. After starting the season with four straight wins, McCarthy has surrendered 23 hits, 14 earned runs and three homers in his last 8 1-3 innings.

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  • W: C. Edwards (2-0)L: A. Vizcaino (1-2)S: B. Morrow (10)
  • HR: ATL - E. Inciarte (4), R. Acuna (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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K. Bryant 3B40200111.288.421.5831.0041.5
A. Rizzo 1B30000123.202.309.370.6790.0
W. Contreras C31100122.274.351.504.8553.0
J. Baez 2B40000034.267.302.580.882-1.5
K. Schwarber LF40000032.250.373.491.864-1.5
I. Happ LF00000000.232.303.424.7270.0
A. Almora CF31100101.299.359.430.7894.0
A. Russell SS41110021.250.338.363.7013.0
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b- T. La Stella PH10000001.308.357.346.7030.0
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  • a-fouled out for Montgomery in the 7th
  • b-grounded out for Edwards in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
O. Albies 2B30100110.278.316.583.8993.5
R. Acuna LF31111111.263.341.500.8416.5
F. Freeman 1B30000112.318.428.565.9932.5
N. Markakis RF40000000.337.406.524.9310.0
K. Suzuki C40000000.262.333.456.7900.0
E. Inciarte CF41211000.269.319.386.7059.0
J. Bautista 3B30000031.156.270.375.645-1.5
D. Winkler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Vizcaino P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Camargo SS30100000.200.333.382.7151.0
M. Foltynewicz P10000010.125.125.188.313-0.5
a- C. Culberson PH10000001.191.269.298.5670.0
L. Gohara P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Flaherty 3B10000000.290.383.400.7830.0
  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Foltynewicz in the 5th
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Contreras (13), A. Almora (6), A. Russell (9)
  • RBI - B. Zobrist (10), A. Russell (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Zobrist (4)
BATTING
  • HR - R. Acuna (4), E. Inciarte (4)
  • RBI - R. Acuna (7), E. Inciarte (19)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Acuna (4), E. Inciarte (11)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - K. Bryant (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - O. Albies (6), F. Freeman (4), E. Inciarte (18)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - K. Schwarber (3)
  • E - J. Baez (9), W. Contreras (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Suzuki-Camargo)
  • E - K. Suzuki (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Y. Darvish4.03112515.561.538.5
M. Montgomery2.01001003.861.334.0
P. Strop1.00000101.500.893.5
C. Edwards (W, 2-0)1.01110112.411.028.5
B. Morrow (S, 10)1.00000001.201.0010.0
PITCHERSIP
Y. Darvish4.0
M. Montgomery2.0
P. Strop1.0
C. Edwards (W, 2-0)1.0
B. Morrow (S, 10)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Foltynewicz5.031051002.871.3412.0
L. Gohara2.10000201.690.757.0
D. Winkler0.20000200.980.651.0
A. Vizcaino (L, 1-2) (BS, 2)1.03220102.751.22-6.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Foltynewicz5.0
L. Gohara2.1
D. Winkler0.2
A. Vizcaino (L, 1-2) (BS, 2)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Darvish 56-34, M. Montgomery 20-11, P. Strop 12-8, C. Edwards 12-9, B. Morrow 10-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Darvish 4-2, M. Montgomery 4-1, P. Strop 1-1, C. Edwards 1-1, B. Morrow 2-1
  • Batters Faced - Y. Darvish 16, M. Montgomery 7, P. Strop 3, C. Edwards 4, B. Morrow 3
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Foltynewicz (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Foltynewicz 107-56, L. Gohara 26-16, D. Winkler 12-7, A. Vizcaino 21-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Foltynewicz 5-0, A. Vizcaino 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Foltynewicz 23, L. Gohara 7, D. Winkler 2, A. Vizcaino 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Zobrist RF40110110.290.365.387.7522.5
K. Bryant 3B40200111.288.421.5831.0041.5
A. Rizzo 1B30000123.202.309.370.6790.0
W. Contreras C31100122.274.351.504.8553.0
J. Baez 2B40000034.267.302.580.882-1.5
K. Schwarber LF40000032.250.373.491.864-1.5
I. Happ LF00000000.232.303.424.7270.0
A. Almora CF31100101.299.359.430.7894.0
A. Russell SS41110021.250.338.363.7013.0
Y. Darvish P20000012.100.100.200.300-0.5
M. Montgomery P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- D. Bote PH10000000.263.286.368.6540.0
P. Strop P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Edwards P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- T. La Stella PH10000001.308.357.346.7030.0
B. Morrow P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-fouled out for Montgomery in the 7th
  • b-grounded out for Edwards in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
O. Albies 2B30100110.278.316.583.8993.5
R. Acuna LF31111111.263.341.500.8416.5
F. Freeman 1B30000112.318.428.565.9932.5
N. Markakis RF40000000.337.406.524.9310.0
K. Suzuki C40000000.262.333.456.7900.0
E. Inciarte CF41211000.269.319.386.7059.0
J. Bautista 3B30000031.156.270.375.645-1.5
D. Winkler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Vizcaino P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Camargo SS30100000.200.333.382.7151.0
M. Foltynewicz P10000010.125.125.188.313-0.5
a- C. Culberson PH10000001.191.269.298.5670.0
L. Gohara P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Flaherty 3B10000000.290.383.400.7830.0
Total302522375-----
  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Foltynewicz in the 5th
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Contreras (13), A. Almora (6), A. Russell (9)
  • RBI - B. Zobrist (10), A. Russell (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Zobrist (4)
BATTING
  • HR - R. Acuna (4), E. Inciarte (4)
  • RBI - R. Acuna (7), E. Inciarte (19)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Acuna (4), E. Inciarte (11)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - K. Bryant (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - O. Albies (6), F. Freeman (4), E. Inciarte (18)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - K. Schwarber (3)
  • E - J. Baez (9), W. Contreras (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Suzuki-Camargo)
  • E - K. Suzuki (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Y. Darvish4.03112515.561.538.5
M. Montgomery2.01001003.861.334.0
P. Strop1.00000101.500.893.5
C. Edwards (W, 2-0)1.01110112.411.028.5
B. Morrow (S, 10)1.00000001.201.0010.0
Total9.0522372---
PITCHERSIP
Y. Darvish4.0
M. Montgomery2.0
P. Strop1.0
C. Edwards (W, 2-0)1.0
B. Morrow (S, 10)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Foltynewicz5.031051002.871.3412.0
L. Gohara2.10000201.690.757.0
D. Winkler0.20000200.980.651.0
A. Vizcaino (L, 1-2) (BS, 2)1.03220102.751.22-6.5
Total9.06325150---
PITCHERSIP
M. Foltynewicz5.0
L. Gohara2.1
D. Winkler0.2
A. Vizcaino (L, 1-2) (BS, 2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Darvish 56-34, M. Montgomery 20-11, P. Strop 12-8, C. Edwards 12-9, B. Morrow 10-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Darvish 4-2, M. Montgomery 4-1, P. Strop 1-1, C. Edwards 1-1, B. Morrow 2-1
  • Batters Faced - Y. Darvish 16, M. Montgomery 7, P. Strop 3, C. Edwards 4, B. Morrow 3
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Foltynewicz (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Foltynewicz 107-56, L. Gohara 26-16, D. Winkler 12-7, A. Vizcaino 21-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Foltynewicz 5-0, A. Vizcaino 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Foltynewicz 23, L. Gohara 7, D. Winkler 2, A. Vizcaino 6
  • 9TH INNING
    Zobrist singled to center, Russell scored32
    Russell doubled to deep center, Almora scored22
  • 8TH INNING
    Acuna homered to center12
  • 4TH INNING
    Inciarte homered to right11
    Contreras scored, Almora to third on wild pitch10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Arodys Vizcaino relieved Dan Winkler
    • K. Schwarber: Schwarber flied out to deep center
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Almora doubled to left
    • A. Russell: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Russell doubled to deep center, Almora scored
    • Tommy La Stella hit for Carl Edwards
    • T. La Stella: Ball, Strike looking, La Stella grounded out to second, Russell to third
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Zobrist singled to center, Russell scored
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brandon Morrow pitching
    • Ian Happ in left
    • N. Markakis: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Markakis flied out to left
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Suzuki grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Ball, Inciarte grounded out to second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • L. Gohara Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Rizzo flied out to deep center
    • Dan Winkler pitching
    • Ryan Flaherty at third
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Carl Edwards relieved Pedro Strop
    • R. Flaherty: Foul, Ball, Flaherty grounded out to first
    • O. Albies: Albies popped out to shortstop
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Acuna homered to center
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • David Bote hit for Mike Montgomery
    • D. Bote: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bote fouled out to first
    • B. Zobrist: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Zobrist struck out swinging
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bryant flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Pedro Strop pitching
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Inciarte flied out to deep right
    • J. Bautista: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Camargo grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Luiz Gohara pitching
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • A. Almora: Foul, Almora flied out to deep center
    • A. Russell: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Russell popped out to first
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Freeman grounded out to second
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Markakis grounded out to first
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Suzuki grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Zobrist grounded out to second
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bryant singled to center
    • A. Rizzo: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rizzo walked, Bryant to second
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Mike Montgomery relieved Yu Darvish
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Camargo singled to left
    • Charlie Culberson hit for Mike Foltynewicz
    • C. Culberson: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Culberson reached on fielder's choice to second, Camargo to third on 2nd baseman Baez fielding error
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Camargo out at home, Culberson to second, Camargo out at home, Culberson to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Culberson out at third, Ball, Albies walked
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Acuna flied out to center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Contreras doubled to deep right center
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Baez grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Schwarber: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Schwarber struck out looking
    • A. Almora: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Almora walked
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Contreras scored, Almora to third on wild pitch
    • Y. Darvish: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Darvish grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Markakis grounded out to first
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Suzuki grounded out to third
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Strike looking, Inciarte homered to right
    • J. Bautista: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Russell struck out looking
    • Y. Darvish: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Darvish struck out looking
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zobrist walked
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bryant walked, Zobrist to second
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Camargo grounded out to first
    • M. Foltynewicz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foltynewicz struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Albies singled to right
    • R. Acuna: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Albies stole second, Ball, Acuna walked
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Freeman fouled out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Contreras walked
    • J. Baez: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Baez struck out looking
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • A. Almora: Foul, Ball, Almora grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Markakis grounded out to second
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki lined out to third
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Inciarte reached on bunt single to shortstop
    • J. Bautista: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Inciarte stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Zobrist grounded out to second
    • K. Bryant: Bryant singled to left
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bryant caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Acuna struck out looking
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Freeman out at home on catcher Contreras fielding error, Freeman out at home
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)