Fried shines as Braves complete 3-game sweep of Cubs, 9-4

ATLANTA (AP) Max Fried credits time spent in the bullpen with helping his mentality as he becomes more confident in his talent and more aggressive with his approach.

Now the Braves' young left-hander doesn't want to go back to a relief role.

Fried took a perfect game into the sixth inning, Nick Markakis drove in five runs with five hits and Atlanta beat Yu Darvish and the Chicago Cubs 9-4 on Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep.

Fried said he has learned to ''just trust my stuff.''

Fried mixed his fastball clocked at 97 mph with a curve and slider and threw them all for consistent strikes.

''When a kid figures something out with all that assortment, then you're really got something,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

Fried (1-0) made a strong bid to keep a spot in Atlanta's rotation after Kevin Gausman and Mike Foltynewicz come off the injured list. Gausman is expected to make his debut against Miami on Friday night, and Foltynewicz, a 2018 All-Star, could return in about 10 days.

Making only his 10th career start and his first this season after two scoreless relief appearances, the 25-year-old Fried recorded 17 straight outs to open the game. Mark Zagunis singled up the middle with two outs in the sixth to become Chicago's first baserunner.

Fried allowed one hit with no walks and five strikeouts in six innings.

The Braves led 9-0 before the Cubs scored four runs in the ninth. Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer and Javier Baez followed with another homer off Chad Sobotka.

The Cubs have lost five straight and are 1-5 for the first time since 2012, when they lost 101 games.

''It sucks but that's the beauty of this game,'' Rizzo said. ''We get to come in tomorrow and write our own script.''

Three Chicago relievers gave up six runs in four innings.

''We've just got to get our bullpen in order,'' manager Joe Maddon said.

It was a troubling series for the Cubs, who committed six errors in an 8-0 loss on Monday night and walked five batters in the eighth inning of a 6-4 loss on Wednesday night.

Darvish (0-1) gave up three runs on five hits and four walks, one intentional, in four-plus innings. He set a career high with seven walks in his first start at Texas on Saturday.

Right-hander Carl Edwards Jr. walked two batters and threw a wild pitch that allowed Inciarte to score from third. Tyler Chatwood allowed the three-run double to Markakis and a run-scoring single to Dansby Swanson.

Braves left-hander A.J. Minter, making his 2019 debut after coming off the injured list, walked two batters before recording the final two outs in the ninth.

Light rain began in the second inning and continued most of the game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: C Willson Contreras remained in the game after apparently having his left thumb jammed while tagging out Ozzie Albies in the fourth. Contreras blocked the plate, and Albies made a head-first slide into the catcher's glove.

Braves: Minter had been out with left shoulder inflammation. ... Foltynewicz (right elbow bone spur) did not allow a hit or a run in five innings of his first of two planned rehab starts with Triple-A Gwinnett.

DARVISH ENCOURAGED

Darvish was removed after giving up a leadoff double to Ender Inciarte and a walk to Josh Donaldson in the fifth. He said his pitches ''were coming out better ... and then my mind is better, too.''

GET WELL, SKIPPER

The Braves placed large get-well cards for former manager Bobby Cox at three locations for fans to sign. One of the 4-foot wide cards was placed near Cox's statue outside SunTrust Park. Cox, the Hall of Fame former manager, suffered a stroke on Tuesday and remains in an Atlanta-area hospital. No details about Cox's condition have been released by his family or the team.

CAREER NIGHT

The three-run double by Markakis was the big hit in Atlanta's five-run fifth inning. Markakis matched his career high with three doubles and five hits. ''It's a good feeling, especially when you're helping the team,'' he said.

ON DECK

The Cubs will continue their nine-game road trip when they open a series at NL Central rival Milwaukee on Friday night with LHP Jose Quintana looking for his first win.

The Braves remain home to open a series against NL East rival Miami. Gausman is expected to come off the injured list for his 2019 debut after recovering from right shoulder tendinitis.

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  • W: M. Fried (1-0)L: Y. Darvish (0-1)
  • HR: CHC - A. Rizzo (2), J. Baez (3)
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K. Bryant 3B41100000.240.345.440.7852.0
A. Rizzo 1B31121000.286.464.5711.0368.0
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K. Schwarber LF30000110.300.391.6501.0410.5
Y. Darvish P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
B. Zobrist 2B20000100.278.435.278.7131.0
M. Zagunis RF40210002.500.500.8001.3003.0
  • a-lined out for Chatwood in the 7th
  • b-singled for Montgomery in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Inciarte CF51200012.182.250.455.7053.5
J. Donaldson 3B41000111.182.333.182.5151.5
F. Freeman 1B32100200.400.571.5501.1215.0
R. Acuna LF32000111.150.346.300.6462.5
N. Markakis RF53550000.375.423.500.92316.0
O. Albies 2B50200013.478.556.6961.2510.5
B. McCann C20120102.250.412.250.6624.0
D. Swanson SS30210102.353.478.7651.2434.0
M. Fried P30000016.000.000.000.000-0.5
S. Carle P10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
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A. Minter P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    BATTING
    • HR - A. Rizzo (2), J. Baez (3)
    • RBI - A. Rizzo 2 (5), J. Baez (7), M. Zagunis (2)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Almora 4 (4), D. Descalso 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Inciarte, N. Markakis 3 (3)
    • SF - B. McCann
    • RBI - N. Markakis 5 (6), B. McCann 2 (4), D. Swanson (6)
    • 2-Out RBI - N. Markakis 2 (2)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Inciarte 2 (2), R. Acuna, O. Albies, M. Fried 4 (4), S. Carle
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - O. Albies (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Baez-Zobrist-Rizzo)
    • E - W. Contreras
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Y. Darvish (L, 0-1)4.05334208.102.70-4.0
    C. Edwards0.002220045.007.00-4.0
    T. Chatwood2.03110209.821.913.0
    M. Montgomery2.053302020.253.38-1.0
    PITCHERSIP
    Y. Darvish (L, 0-1)4.0
    C. Edwards0.0
    T. Chatwood2.0
    M. Montgomery2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Fried (W, 1-0)6.01000500.000.3929.5
    S. Carle2.010011012.272.184.5
    C. Sobotka0.144400215.432.14-8.0
    A. Minter0.20002100.003.00-1.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Fried (W, 1-0)6.0
    S. Carle2.0
    C. Sobotka0.1
    A. Minter0.2
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Edwards
    • IBB - Y. Darvish
    • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Darvish 71-47, C. Edwards 11-3, T. Chatwood 36-19, M. Montgomery 52-36
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Darvish 7-2, T. Chatwood 3-1, M. Montgomery 1-2
    • Batters Faced - Y. Darvish 20, C. Edwards 2, T. Chatwood 9, M. Montgomery 11
    PITCHING
    • HBP - S. Carle (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fried 88-60, S. Carle 31-22, C. Sobotka 17-11, A. Minter 19-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fried 11-2, S. Carle 3-2, A. Minter 1-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Fried 19, S. Carle 9, C. Sobotka 5, A. Minter 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    A. Almora CF50000014.208.240.208.448-0.5
    K. Bryant 3B41100000.240.345.440.7852.0
    A. Rizzo 1B31121000.286.464.5711.0368.0
    J. Baez SS41111021.296.321.630.9515.0
    W. Contreras C30000110.353.500.6471.1470.5
    D. Bote 2B20000010.308.400.385.785-0.5
    C. Edwards P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    T. Chatwood P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    a- D. Descalso PH10000002.455.500.5451.0450.0
    M. Montgomery P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    b- V. Caratini PH11100000.600.667.8001.4672.0
    K. Schwarber LF30000110.300.391.6501.0410.5
    Y. Darvish P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
    B. Zobrist 2B20000100.278.435.278.7131.0
    M. Zagunis RF40210002.500.500.8001.3003.0
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    • a-lined out for Chatwood in the 7th
    • b-singled for Montgomery in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    E. Inciarte CF51200012.182.250.455.7053.5
    J. Donaldson 3B41000111.182.333.182.5151.5
    F. Freeman 1B32100200.400.571.5501.1215.0
    R. Acuna LF32000111.150.346.300.6462.5
    N. Markakis RF53550000.375.423.500.92316.0
    O. Albies 2B50200013.478.556.6961.2510.5
    B. McCann C20120102.250.412.250.6624.0
    D. Swanson SS30210102.353.478.7651.2434.0
    M. Fried P30000016.000.000.000.000-0.5
    S. Carle P10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
    C. Sobotka P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    A. Minter P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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      BATTING
      • HR - A. Rizzo (2), J. Baez (3)
      • RBI - A. Rizzo 2 (5), J. Baez (7), M. Zagunis (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Almora 4 (4), D. Descalso 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Inciarte, N. Markakis 3 (3)
      • SF - B. McCann
      • RBI - N. Markakis 5 (6), B. McCann 2 (4), D. Swanson (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Markakis 2 (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Inciarte 2 (2), R. Acuna, O. Albies, M. Fried 4 (4), S. Carle
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - O. Albies (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Baez-Zobrist-Rizzo)
      • E - W. Contreras
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Y. Darvish (L, 0-1)4.05334208.102.70-4.0
      C. Edwards0.002220045.007.00-4.0
      T. Chatwood2.03110209.821.913.0
      M. Montgomery2.053302020.253.38-1.0
      Total8.01399660---
      PITCHERSIP
      Y. Darvish (L, 0-1)4.0
      C. Edwards0.0
      T. Chatwood2.0
      M. Montgomery2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fried (W, 1-0)6.01000500.000.3929.5
      S. Carle2.010011012.272.184.5
      C. Sobotka0.144400215.432.14-8.0
      A. Minter0.20002100.003.00-1.5
      Total9.0644372---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fried (W, 1-0)6.0
      S. Carle2.0
      C. Sobotka0.1
      A. Minter0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Edwards
      • IBB - Y. Darvish
      • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Darvish 71-47, C. Edwards 11-3, T. Chatwood 36-19, M. Montgomery 52-36
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Darvish 7-2, T. Chatwood 3-1, M. Montgomery 1-2
      • Batters Faced - Y. Darvish 20, C. Edwards 2, T. Chatwood 9, M. Montgomery 11
      PITCHING
      • HBP - S. Carle (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fried 88-60, S. Carle 31-22, C. Sobotka 17-11, A. Minter 19-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fried 11-2, S. Carle 3-2, A. Minter 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Fried 19, S. Carle 9, C. Sobotka 5, A. Minter 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Zagunis reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Caratini scored, Schwarber to third, Zobrist out at second49
        Baez homered to right center39
        Rizzo homered to right, Bryant scored29
      • 8TH INNING
        Markakis doubled to deep right center, Freeman and Acuna scored09
      • 7TH INNING
        McCann hit sacrifice fly to center, Markakis scored07
      • 5TH INNING
        Swanson singled to left, Markakis scored, Albies to third, Swanson to second06
        Markakis doubled to deep center, Donaldson, Freeman and Acuna scored05
        Inciarte scored, Donaldson to third, Freeman to second on wild pitch02
      • 4TH INNING
        McCann singled to deep right, Markakis scored, Albies to third01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Chad Sobotka relieved Shane Carle
        • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Foul, Bryant safe at first on 2nd baseman Albies fielding error
        • A. Rizzo: Rizzo homered to right, Bryant scored
        • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Baez homered to right center
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Contreras flied out to deep right
        • Victor Caratini hit for Mike Montgomery
        • V. Caratini: Ball, Caratini singled to left center
        • A.J. Minter relieved Chad Sobotka
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Schwarber walked, Caratini to second
        • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Zobrist walked, Caratini to third, Schwarber to second
        • M. Zagunis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Zagunis reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Caratini scored, Schwarber to third, Zobrist out at second
        • A. Almora: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 8TH INNING
        • S. Carle Pitching:
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Schwarber grounded out to second
        • B. Zobrist: Zobrist fouled out to third
        • M. Zagunis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Zagunis singled to right
        • A. Almora: Foul, Foul, Almora grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Montgomery Pitching:
        • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Inciarte singled to right
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Donaldson grounded out to second, Inciarte out at second
        • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Freeman singled to left
        • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Acuna reached on catcher's interference, Freeman to second on catcher Contreras fielding error
        • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Markakis doubled to deep right center, Freeman and Acuna scored
        • O. Albies: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Shane Carle relieved Max Fried
        • K. Bryant: Bryant grounded out to third
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Rizzo hit by pitch
        • J. Baez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Contreras walked, Rizzo to second
        • Daniel Descalso hit for Tyler Chatwood
        • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Ball, Descalso lined out to center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Mike Montgomery pitching
        • N. Markakis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Markakis doubled to deep right center
        • O. Albies: Foul, Albies lined out to right, Markakis to third
        • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, McCann hit sacrifice fly to center, Markakis scored
        • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Swanson reached on an infield single to second
        • S. Carle: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Carle struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Fried Pitching:
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Schwarber struck out looking
        • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Zobrist grounded out to third
        • M. Zagunis: Ball, Strike looking, Zagunis singled to center
        • A. Almora: Strike looking, Almora grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Zagunis out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Chatwood Pitching:
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Donaldson struck out on foul tip
        • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Freeman grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Acuna grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Fried Pitching:
        • J. Baez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Baez struck out on foul tip
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Contreras grounded out to second
        • D. Bote: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bote struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Darvish Pitching:
        • E. Inciarte: Inciarte doubled to deep right
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Donaldson walked
        • Ben Zobrist at second base
        • Carl Edwards pitching
        • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked, Inciarte to third, Donaldson to second
        • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Inciarte scored, Donaldson to third, Freeman to second on wild pitch, Ball, Acuna walked
        • Tyler Chatwood relieved Carl Edwards
        • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Markakis doubled to deep center, Donaldson, Freeman and Acuna scored
        • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Albies reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • B. McCann: McCann lined out to shortstop
        • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Swanson singled to left, Markakis scored, Albies to third, Swanson to second
        • M. Fried: Ball, Fried grounded out to second
        • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Inciarte struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Fried Pitching:
        • A. Almora: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Almora grounded out to third
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bryant grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Rizzo lined out to right
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Darvish Pitching:
        • R. Acuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
        • N. Markakis: Strike swinging, Markakis singled to left
        • O. Albies: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Albies singled to deep right, Markakis to third
        • B. McCann: Foul, Strike swinging, McCann singled to deep right, Markakis scored, Albies to third
        • D. Swanson: Ball, Albies picked off at home, catcher to third to catcher, McCann to second, Swanson intentionally walked
        • M. Fried: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Fried fouled out to left
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Fried Pitching:
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Schwarber grounded out to third
        • Y. Darvish: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Darvish struck out swinging
        • M. Zagunis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Zagunis grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Darvish Pitching:
        • E. Inciarte: Ball, Strike looking, Inciarte grounded out to first
        • J. Donaldson: Foul, Ball, Donaldson popped out to shortstop
        • F. Freeman: Foul, Foul, Freeman grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Fried Pitching:
        • J. Baez: Ball, Baez flied out to right
        • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Contreras struck out looking
        • D. Bote: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bote grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Darvish Pitching:
        • N. Markakis: Foul, Strike swinging, Markakis singled to center
        • O. Albies: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Albies reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Markakis out at second
        • B. McCann: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, McCann walked, Albies to second
        • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Swanson reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Albies to third, McCann out at second
        • M. Fried: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Fried struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Fried Pitching:
        • A. Almora: Almora grounded out to third
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bryant grounded out to first
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Rizzo grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Darvish Pitching:
        • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Inciarte grounded out to second
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Donaldson grounded out to second
        • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
        • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike looking, Acuna grounded into fielder's choice to third, Freeman out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)