Albies, Acuña hit homers to lead Braves past Cubs 3-2

CHICAGO (AP) Switch-hitting infielder Ozzie Albies and left-hander Max Fried are young and building impressive numbers against the Chicago Cubs.

Albies and Ronald Acuna Jr. homered, Fried tossed six innings of two-hit ball and the Atlanta Braves edged the Cubs 3-2 Tuesday night.

Batting right-handed, Albies lofted a towering two-run shot to right-center field off left-hander Mike Montgomery (1-2) in the seventh for his 12th homer to put Atlanta ahead.

The Braves held on to win the second of a four-game series between the NL division leaders.

Albies is hitting .550 (11 for 20) against the Cubs this season, with two homers. In his third season, the 22-year-old from Curacao is clicking at .483 (29 for 60) with four homers and 11 RBIs against Chicago in his career.

''He's very good,'' said Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who was aware of Albies' numbers. ''Historically (Montgomery) puts the ball on the ground, but it was just a high changeup.''

Fried (9-3) got the win despite a season-high five walks. He struck out eight and allowed two runs in winning his second straight start - and improving to 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA in three career starts against the Cubs.

The 21-year-old Acuna crushed the first pitch of the game from Cubs rookie Adbert Alzolay to the back of the left-field bleachers for his 19th homer.

That's all the offense Atlanta needed to improve to 17-6 in June.

''I think, for us, it's fun to be able to go out and try and help the team every day,'' Acuna said.

Albies and Acuna have found a spot in the ascending Braves' lineup.

''I feel like they've been here forever, but you know they're right along those same lines as Max,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. ''They're still learning things. . two very talented young players and they get on-the-job training every night they go out there.''

Relievers Sean Newcomb, Anthony Swarzak and Luke Jackson, who threw a perfect ninth for his 12th save, combined to nail down a four-hitter. Newcomb pitched one-plus inning in his first game since being hit in the head by a line drive 10 days ago.

Willson Contreras had two RBIs and fellow Venezuelan Alzolay tossed one-run, one-hit ball through 4 2/3 innings in his first major league start.

After Acuna launched Alzolay's fastball just short of the left-field video board for a quick 1-0 Atlanta lead, the 24-year-old right-hander retired 12 of the next 13 Braves batters. He was replaced by Montgomery after walking the bases loaded in the fifth and the Cubs leading 2-1.

''He was outstanding,'' Maddon said. ''I think he just kind of hit a wall there at the end.''

Alzolay tossed four innings of one-hit relief in his major league debut last Thursday and got the win.

Fried walked three in the second to load the bases with one out, but dodgy Cubs baserunning led to a rally-killing double play.

Catcher Brian McCann caught Javier Baez flatfooted about 25 feet down the third base line and fired to Josh Donaldson who tagged Baez for the second out. Donaldson threw to Dansby Swanson who tagged out Contreras as he tried to advance to third.

Contreras made amends in the fourth with a double down the left field line that extended his hitting streak to nine games and put Chicago ahead 2-1.

Charlie Culberson made a sliding catch in left center to rob Baez of a hit in the ninth.

KIMBREL COUNTDOWN

Closer Craig Kimbrel was slated to pitch at Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday night, then Cubs management planned to evaluate his progress. The right-hander, who finalized a three-year $43 million deal with the Cubs on June 7, could be activated this week.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: Returned LHP Newcomb from his rehab assignment and reinstated him from the seven-day concussion IL. RHP Chad Sobotka was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett to make room on the roster. Newcomb was hit in the back of the head by J.T. Realmuto's liner in start against Philadelphia on June 15. ... Rookie RHP Mike Soroka (right forearm) played catch on Tuesday after being hit by a pitch in Washington on Sunday. Manager Brian Snitker said Soroka could throw off the mound on Wednesday.

UP NEXT

LHP Dallas Keuchel (0-1, 5.40) makes his second start for the Braves and faces Chicago RHP Yu Darvish (2-3, 4.75) on Wednesday night. Keuchel, who signed a one-year, $13 million contract with Atlanta on June 7, labored through five innings and lost in his Braves debut at Washington last Friday. Darvish has no-decisions in his last 10 starts and has yet to win at Wrigley Field as a Cub.

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  • W: M. Fried (9-3)L: M. Montgomery (1-2)S: L. Jackson (12)
  • HR: ATL - O. Albies (12), R. Acuna (19)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Swanson SS40000024.256.322.469.790-1.0
F. Freeman 1B40000020.311.398.593.991-1.0
J. Donaldson 3B40000010.255.356.485.842-0.5
N. Markakis RF40000010.271.355.407.762-0.5
A. Riley LF30000120.273.327.573.9000.0
C. Culberson LF00000000.328.375.603.9780.0
B. McCann C31100101.279.350.471.8213.0
O. Albies 2B31121102.285.347.468.8158.0
M. Fried P10000101.185.267.259.5261.0
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S. Newcomb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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L. Jackson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Fried in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber LF40100000.232.321.464.7851.0
K. Bryant RF30000112.282.392.527.9190.5
A. Rizzo 1B41000022.273.383.531.9140.0
J. Baez SS31100100.287.327.552.8792.0
W. Contreras C30120120.295.389.563.9524.0
D. Bote 3B40000033.258.341.460.800-1.5
A. Russell 2B10000210.224.297.388.6851.5
A. Alzolay P20000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
M. Montgomery P0000-000.333.333.333.000-
a- J. Heyward PH10000010.267.357.439.796-0.5
B. Brach P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
A. Almora CF30100010.247.286.395.6820.5
  • a-struck out for Montgomery in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - R. Acuna (19), O. Albies (12)
  • RBI - R. Acuna (51), O. Albies 2 (42)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Swanson 4 (4), O. Albies
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Contreras (12)
  • RBI - W. Contreras 2 (47)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rizzo, A. Alzolay 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Baez (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (McCann-Donaldson-Swanson; Donaldson-Freeman)
FIELDING
  • E - A. Alzolay
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Fried (W, 9-3)6.02225803.961.3323.0
S. Newcomb (H, 7)1.02000202.061.402.0
A. Swarzak (H, 9)1.00000102.671.153.5
L. Jackson (S, 12)1.00000203.001.2611.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Fried (W, 9-3)6.0
S. Newcomb (H, 7)1.0
A. Swarzak (H, 9)1.0
L. Jackson (S, 12)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Alzolay4.21114412.080.928.0
M. Montgomery (L, 1-2)2.12220314.641.69-1.5
B. Brach2.00001305.741.766.5
PITCHERSIP
A. Alzolay4.2
M. Montgomery (L, 1-2)2.1
B. Brach2.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - M. Fried (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fried 90-57, S. Newcomb 17-13, A. Swarzak 7-5, L. Jackson 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fried 6-2, S. Newcomb 1-0, A. Swarzak 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Fried 23, S. Newcomb 5, A. Swarzak 2, L. Jackson 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Alzolay 87-52, M. Montgomery 40-25, B. Brach 41-27
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Alzolay 4-6, M. Montgomery 3-1, B. Brach 1-2
  • Batters Faced - A. Alzolay 19, M. Montgomery 9, B. Brach 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Acuna CF31111121.289.370.506.8776.0
D. Swanson SS40000024.256.322.469.790-1.0
F. Freeman 1B40000020.311.398.593.991-1.0
J. Donaldson 3B40000010.255.356.485.842-0.5
N. Markakis RF40000010.271.355.407.762-0.5
A. Riley LF30000120.273.327.573.9000.0
C. Culberson LF00000000.328.375.603.9780.0
B. McCann C31100101.279.350.471.8213.0
O. Albies 2B31121102.285.347.468.8158.0
M. Fried P10000101.185.267.259.5261.0
a- J. Camargo PH10000000.252.291.402.6930.0
S. Newcomb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Swarzak P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
L. Jackson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Fried in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber LF40100000.232.321.464.7851.0
K. Bryant RF30000112.282.392.527.9190.5
A. Rizzo 1B41000022.273.383.531.9140.0
J. Baez SS31100100.287.327.552.8792.0
W. Contreras C30120120.295.389.563.9524.0
D. Bote 3B40000033.258.341.460.800-1.5
A. Russell 2B10000210.224.297.388.6851.5
A. Alzolay P20000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
M. Montgomery P0000-000.333.333.333.000-
a- J. Heyward PH10000010.267.357.439.796-0.5
B. Brach P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
A. Almora CF30100010.247.286.395.6820.5
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  • a-struck out for Montgomery in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - R. Acuna (19), O. Albies (12)
  • RBI - R. Acuna (51), O. Albies 2 (42)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Swanson 4 (4), O. Albies
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Contreras (12)
  • RBI - W. Contreras 2 (47)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rizzo, A. Alzolay 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Baez (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (McCann-Donaldson-Swanson; Donaldson-Freeman)
FIELDING
  • E - A. Alzolay
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Fried (W, 9-3)6.02225803.961.3323.0
S. Newcomb (H, 7)1.02000202.061.402.0
A. Swarzak (H, 9)1.00000102.671.153.5
L. Jackson (S, 12)1.00000203.001.2611.0
Total9.04225130---
PITCHERSIP
M. Fried (W, 9-3)6.0
S. Newcomb (H, 7)1.0
A. Swarzak (H, 9)1.0
L. Jackson (S, 12)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Alzolay4.21114412.080.928.0
M. Montgomery (L, 1-2)2.12220314.641.69-1.5
B. Brach2.00001305.741.766.5
Total9.03335102---
PITCHERSIP
A. Alzolay4.2
M. Montgomery (L, 1-2)2.1
B. Brach2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - M. Fried (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fried 90-57, S. Newcomb 17-13, A. Swarzak 7-5, L. Jackson 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fried 6-2, S. Newcomb 1-0, A. Swarzak 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Fried 23, S. Newcomb 5, A. Swarzak 2, L. Jackson 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Alzolay 87-52, M. Montgomery 40-25, B. Brach 41-27
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Alzolay 4-6, M. Montgomery 3-1, B. Brach 1-2
  • Batters Faced - A. Alzolay 19, M. Montgomery 9, B. Brach 7
  • 7TH INNING
    Albies homered to right center, McCann scored32
  • 4TH INNING
    Contreras doubled to deep left, Rizzo and Baez scored12
  • 1ST INNING
    Acuna homered to left center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • B. Brach Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Markakis struck out on foul tip
    • A. Riley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Riley flied out to center
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, McCann walked
    • O. Albies: Albies popped out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Charlie Culberson in left field
    • Luke Jackson relieved Anthony Swarzak
    • J. Baez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Baez flied out to left
    • W. Contreras: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
    • D. Bote: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bote struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Brad Brach pitching
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Swanson struck out looking
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Freeman grounded out to first
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Ball, Almora singled to right
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber singled to shallow right, Almora to second
    • Anthony Swarzak relieved Sean Newcomb
    • K. Bryant: Bryant grounded into double play third to first, Almora out at third, Schwarber to second
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Rizzo struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • A. Riley: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Riley struck out on foul tip
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, McCann singled to left center
    • O. Albies: Albies homered to right center, McCann scored
    • Johan Camargo hit for Max Fried
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Camargo grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Sean Newcomb pitching
    • D. Bote: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bote grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Russell: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
    • Jason Heyward hit for Mike Montgomery
    • J. Heyward: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • J. Donaldson: Donaldson lined out to shortstop
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Markakis grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Baez flied out to left
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Alzolay Pitching:
    • A. Riley: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Riley walked
    • B. McCann: Ball, Riley to second on Alzolay throwing error, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, McCann flied out to left
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Albies lined out to center, Riley to third
    • M. Fried: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Fried walked
    • R. Acuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Acuna walked, Fried to second
    • Mike Montgomery relieved Adbert Alzolay
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Swanson grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Almora grounded out to second
    • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Schwarber lined out to first
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bryant grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Alzolay Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Freeman popped out to third
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Donaldson grounded out to catcher
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Markakis grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bryant walked
    • A. Rizzo: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rizzo reached on fielder's choice to second, Bryant out at second
    • J. Baez: Baez singled to shallow right, Rizzo to second
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike swinging, Contreras doubled to deep left, Rizzo and Baez scored
    • D. Bote: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bote struck out swinging
    • A. Russell: Russell intentionally walked
    • A. Alzolay: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Alzolay struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Alzolay Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Albies walked
    • M. Fried: Foul, Fried reached on fielder's choice to second, Albies out at second
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • A. Alzolay: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Alzolay struck out swinging
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Alzolay Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Markakis grounded out to third
    • A. Riley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Riley struck out swinging
    • B. McCann: Foul, McCann fouled out to catcher
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Baez walked
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Contreras walked, Baez to second
    • D. Bote: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bote struck out swinging
    • A. Russell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Russell walked, Baez to third, Contreras to second
    • A. Alzolay: Strike looking, Baez caught stealing home, catcher to third, Contreras out at third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Alzolay Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Acuna homered to left center
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Swanson flied out to left
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul tip, Freeman struck out on foul tip
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Donaldson popped out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Schwarber grounded out to pitcher
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Rizzo grounded out to first
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)