Contreras, Lester lead Cubs past Braves 8-3

CHICAGO (AP) Willson Contreras wasn't happy with a called second strike in the second inning. He took his displeasure out on the next pitch, hitting it out of the park.

Contreras homered and had three RBIs, Jon Lester pitched five-hit ball through six innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves 8-3 Monday in a chippy matchup of NL division leaders.

''It's fun, because they're good and we're good,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. ''Monday night at 7:05 (p.m.), and to have that kind of an attitude or atmosphere is outstanding. That's what baseball needs.''

Jason Heyward added a solo homer for Chicago, which moved one game ahead of Milwaukee in the NL Central. Lester (7-5) allowed two unearned runs and struck out seven.

The Cubs strung together five straight hits in a five-run fifth inning to break the game open. Kyle Schwarber doubled into the ivy to score Carlos Gonzalez. Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez and Contreras followed with RBIs.

Tempers flared in the second inning when Contreras homered to right, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. Contreras turned to Braves catcher Tyler Flowers after the ball left his bat, and while rounding first base, gestured toward Atlanta's dugout and thumped his chest.

Contreras and Maddon downplayed the incident. Contreras was questioning a called strike that he felt was outside the zone.

''I just tell (Flowers) to do his job and I do mine,'' Contreras said. ''To be honest, those pitches weren't even close to the strike zone. He got mad because I was talking to the umpire about that, and he jumped into the conversation.''

Contreras and Flowers exchanged words as he returned to the dugout. Heyward escorted Contreras back to the dugout, and Teheran approached the third-base line.

The benches cleared, umpire John Tumpane warned both teams and players congregated on the third-base line. No blows were exchanged.

''I think it died down as soon as it was over,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. ''It was just a couple of catchers going at it a little bit.''

Baez singled and stole second to lead off the fourth before Contreras made it 2-0. Contreras' single glanced off shortstop Dansby Swanson's glove and ricocheted into center field as Baez raced home.

Teheran (5-6) was roughed up for the second consecutive start. He allowed six runs in four innings last Tuesday against the Mets.

Nick Markakis drove in two runs with a single in the sixth inning. Swanson hit a towering solo homer in the seventh off Tony Barnette, who made his Cubs debut after being activated from the 60-day injured list.

Atlanta lost for the sixth time in 20 games.

KIMBREL WATCH

Closer Craig Kimbrel will pitch in another game at Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday. Then Cubs management will evaluate his progress. He could be activated later this week.

''There's certainly a chance that at the very end of this homestand or early on the next road trip we could be seeing him,'' president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: Manager Brian Snitker said it's unclear if rookie RHP Mike Soroka (right forearm) will make his scheduled start Friday against the Mets. Soroka was hit by Washington's Austin Voth in the third inning of Sunday's game. Snitker said Soroka had an ''extensive forearm workout'' Monday and could play long toss Tuesday.

Cubs: RHP Brendan Morrow (offseason elbow surgery) was set to pitch a third bullpen session at the Cubs' training facility in Mesa, Arizona, on Monday. ... RHP Kyle Hendricks (right shoulder inflammation) tossed 15 pitches on Monday and is expected to throw a bullpen session later this week. Epstein said he could return by the All-Star break.

UP NEXT

BRAVES: LHP Max Fried (8-3, 4.03 ERA) takes the mound Tuesday. Fried allowed one hit in six shutout innings against the Cubs on April 4.

CUBS: RHP Adbert Alzolay (1-0, 2.25 ERA) makes his first big-league start Tuesday. He tossed four innings in relief Thursday against the Mets.

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  • W: J. Lester (7-5)L: J. Teheran (5-6)
  • HR: ATL - D. Swanson (15), CHC - J. Heyward (11), W. Contreras (16)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna CF41200011.289.369.498.8674.5
D. Swanson SS42111012.259.325.475.8016.5
F. Freeman 1B40100013.315.402.6011.0030.5
J. Donaldson 3B40000014.259.361.493.854-0.5
N. Markakis RF40120001.275.359.413.7723.0
A. Riley LF40100031.279.329.585.9140.5
O. Albies 2B40200000.284.345.460.8052.0
T. Flowers C40000033.264.346.471.817-1.5
J. Teheran P20000002.129.129.161.2900.0
C. Sobotka P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Joyce PH10000011.310.410.493.903-0.5
T. Toussaint P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Sobotka in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber LF41110010.232.322.467.7893.5
K. Bryant 3B31110010.285.394.533.9273.5
A. Rizzo 1B31110120.277.388.539.9273.0
J. Baez SS41210002.287.325.554.8797.0
W. Contreras C41231001.294.388.561.9499.0
J. Heyward CF-RF41211002.268.358.441.7998.0
D. Bote 2B30000101.263.347.469.8161.0
A. Almora CF00000000.245.286.396.6820.0
C. Gonzalez RF31000112.203.293.287.5791.5
S. Cishek P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Lester P21100001.211.348.263.6112.0
a- D. Descalso PH10000000.185.286.274.5600.0
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Barnette P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Ryan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Russell 2B00000000.227.287.392.6790.0
  • a-grounded out for Lester in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Riley (7)
  • HR - D. Swanson (15)
  • RBI - D. Swanson (48), N. Markakis 2 (44)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Markakis 2 (14)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna (28), J. Donaldson (20), J. Teheran (6)
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Schwarber (11), J. Baez (19), J. Heyward (7)
  • HR - W. Contreras (16), J. Heyward (11)
  • RBI - K. Schwarber (36), K. Bryant (40), A. Rizzo (55), J. Baez (52), W. Contreras 3 (45), J. Heyward (27)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Bote (23), J. Lester (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Acuna (10)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Baez (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Freeman; Donaldson-Freeman; Albies-Swanson-Freeman)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Bote-Baez-Rizzo)
  • E - D. Bote (9)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran (L, 5-6)4.09773213.941.34-11.0
C. Sobotka2.00000107.071.576.5
T. Toussaint2.01110214.671.475.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran (L, 5-6)4.0
C. Sobotka2.0
T. Toussaint2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lester (W, 7-5)6.05200703.831.3126.5
B. Kintzler1.01000202.180.823.0
T. Barnette0.121100127.006.00-3.0
K. Ryan0.20000003.581.270.0
S. Cishek1.00000202.971.084.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Lester (W, 7-5)6.0
B. Kintzler1.0
T. Barnette0.1
K. Ryan0.2
S. Cishek1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 93-53, C. Sobotka 13-10, T. Toussaint 27-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 6-3, C. Sobotka 4-1, T. Toussaint 3-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 22, C. Sobotka 6, T. Toussaint 7
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 94-61, B. Kintzler 17-11, T. Barnette 15-8, K. Ryan 4-2, S. Cishek 18-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 9-3, B. Kintzler 1-0, T. Barnette 0-3, K. Ryan 1-0, S. Cishek 0-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Lester 24, B. Kintzler 4, T. Barnette 3, K. Ryan, S. Cishek 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Acuna CF41200011.289.369.498.8674.5
D. Swanson SS42111012.259.325.475.8016.5
F. Freeman 1B40100013.315.402.6011.0030.5
J. Donaldson 3B40000014.259.361.493.854-0.5
N. Markakis RF40120001.275.359.413.7723.0
A. Riley LF40100031.279.329.585.9140.5
O. Albies 2B40200000.284.345.460.8052.0
T. Flowers C40000033.264.346.471.817-1.5
J. Teheran P20000002.129.129.161.2900.0
C. Sobotka P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Joyce PH10000011.310.410.493.903-0.5
T. Toussaint P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total35383101118-----
  • a-struck out for Sobotka in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber LF41110010.232.322.467.7893.5
K. Bryant 3B31110010.285.394.533.9273.5
A. Rizzo 1B31110120.277.388.539.9273.0
J. Baez SS41210002.287.325.554.8797.0
W. Contreras C41231001.294.388.561.9499.0
J. Heyward CF-RF41211002.268.358.441.7998.0
D. Bote 2B30000101.263.347.469.8161.0
A. Almora CF00000000.245.286.396.6820.0
C. Gonzalez RF31000112.203.293.287.5791.5
S. Cishek P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Lester P21100001.211.348.263.6112.0
a- D. Descalso PH10000000.185.286.274.5600.0
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Barnette P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Ryan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Russell 2B00000000.227.287.392.6790.0
Total3181082359-----
  • a-grounded out for Lester in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Riley (7)
  • HR - D. Swanson (15)
  • RBI - D. Swanson (48), N. Markakis 2 (44)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Markakis 2 (14)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna (28), J. Donaldson (20), J. Teheran (6)
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Schwarber (11), J. Baez (19), J. Heyward (7)
  • HR - W. Contreras (16), J. Heyward (11)
  • RBI - K. Schwarber (36), K. Bryant (40), A. Rizzo (55), J. Baez (52), W. Contreras 3 (45), J. Heyward (27)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Bote (23), J. Lester (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Acuna (10)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Baez (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Freeman; Donaldson-Freeman; Albies-Swanson-Freeman)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Bote-Baez-Rizzo)
  • E - D. Bote (9)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran (L, 5-6)4.09773213.941.34-11.0
C. Sobotka2.00000107.071.576.5
T. Toussaint2.01110214.671.475.0
Total8.01088352---
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran (L, 5-6)4.0
C. Sobotka2.0
T. Toussaint2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lester (W, 7-5)6.05200703.831.3126.5
B. Kintzler1.01000202.180.823.0
T. Barnette0.121100127.006.00-3.0
K. Ryan0.20000003.581.270.0
S. Cishek1.00000202.971.084.0
Total9.08310111---
PITCHERSIP
J. Lester (W, 7-5)6.0
B. Kintzler1.0
T. Barnette0.1
K. Ryan0.2
S. Cishek1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 93-53, C. Sobotka 13-10, T. Toussaint 27-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 6-3, C. Sobotka 4-1, T. Toussaint 3-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 22, C. Sobotka 6, T. Toussaint 7
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 94-61, B. Kintzler 17-11, T. Barnette 15-8, K. Ryan 4-2, S. Cishek 18-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 9-3, B. Kintzler 1-0, T. Barnette 0-3, K. Ryan 1-0, S. Cishek 0-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Lester 24, B. Kintzler 4, T. Barnette 3, K. Ryan, S. Cishek 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Heyward homered to right center38
    Swanson homered to right37
  • 6TH INNING
    Markakis singled to center, Acuna and Swanson scored27
  • 5TH INNING
    Contreras grounded out to shortstop, Rizzo scored, Baez to third07
    Baez doubled to right, Bryant scored, Rizzo to third06
    Rizzo singled to left, Schwarber scored, Bryant to second05
    Bryant singled to right, Lester scored, Schwarber to third04
    Schwarber doubled to deep right center, Gonzalez scored, Lester to third03
  • 4TH INNING
    Contreras reached on an infield single to shortstop, Baez scored02
  • 2ND INNING
    Contreras homered to right01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Steve Cishek pitching
    • Addison Russell at second base
    • Albert Almora in center field
    • A. Riley: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Riley struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Albies flied out to deep right
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Flowers struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Tony Barnette relieved Brandon Kintzler
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Swanson homered to right
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Freeman singled to shallow left
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Donaldson flied out to right
    • Kyle Ryan relieved Tony Barnette
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Markakis grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Freeman out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Toussaint Pitching:
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Contreras grounded out to second
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Heyward homered to right center
    • D. Bote: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bote lined out to second
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to first
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Brandon Kintzler pitching
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Albies singled to right
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Ball, Flowers grounded out to second, Albies to second
    • Matt Joyce hit for Chad Sobotka
    • M. Joyce: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Joyce struck out swinging
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Touki Toussaint pitching
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Baez grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Acuna singled to shallow center
    • D. Swanson: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Swanson reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Acuna to third, Swanson to second on 3rd baseman Bote fielding error
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Donaldson popped out to first
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Markakis singled to center, Acuna and Swanson scored
    • A. Riley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Riley struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • C. Sobotka Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • Daniel Descalso hit for Jon Lester
    • D. Descalso: Descalso grounded out to first
    • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Schwarber flied out to left
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Markakis grounded out to first
    • A. Riley: Riley doubled to deep left
    • O. Albies: Albies singled to left center, Riley to third
    • T. Flowers: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Flowers struck out looking
    • J. Teheran: Ball, Ball, Foul, Teheran grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
    • J. Lester: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Lester singled to right center, Gonzalez to third
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Schwarber doubled to deep right center, Gonzalez scored, Lester to third
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Strike looking, Bryant singled to right, Lester scored, Schwarber to third
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Rizzo singled to left, Schwarber scored, Bryant to second
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Baez doubled to right, Bryant scored, Rizzo to third
    • Chad Sobotka relieved Julio Teheran
    • W. Contreras: Contreras grounded out to shortstop, Rizzo scored, Baez to third
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Heyward grounded out to first
    • D. Bote: Foul, Ball, Bote grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Acuna singled to left
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging, Acuna stole second
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman lined out to left
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Donaldson fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Baez singled to right
    • W. Contreras: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Baez stole second, Ball, Contreras reached on an infield single to shortstop, Baez scored
    • J. Heyward: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Heyward lined into double play first, Contreras out at first
    • D. Bote: Strike looking, Ball, Bote lined out to left
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Albies grounded out to third
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Flowers struck out looking
    • J. Teheran: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Teheran flied out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Schwarber struck out looking
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bryant grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Markakis grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Riley: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Riley struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • W. Contreras: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Contreras homered to right
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Heyward doubled to deep left
    • D. Bote: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bote walked
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Heyward to third, Bote out at second
    • J. Lester: Ball, Foul, Lester flied out to center
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Acuna grounded out to third
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Swanson grounded out to third
    • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Freeman flied out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Schwarber grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bryant hit by pitch
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rizzo walked, Bryant to second
    • J. Baez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Baez grounded into double play third to first, Bryant out at third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)