Keuchel gets 1st win with Braves in 5-3 victory over Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) Dallas Keuchel said he's still rounding into form. The Atlanta Braves already like what they've seen.

The left-hander earned his first win for his new team and Nick Markakis hit a three-run homer Wednesday in a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Brian McCann also connected for the Braves, who won a matchup of NL division leaders for the second straight night.

Keuchel (1-1) allowed three runs and eight hits over 5 2/3 innings in his second start with Atlanta. He remained in the game following a 48-minute rain delay in the fourth.

Keuchel gave up four runs, three earned, over five innings in a loss last Friday at Washington. After a long wait in free agency, the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner signed a one-year contract with Atlanta on June 7 that pays him $13 million.

''It feels good any time you can get a win,'' Keuchel said. ''The boys put it on early, so it was about as easy as I could draw it up.

''I need to tweak a few things and tidy a few things up, but I think I'm well on my way to where I want to be.''

Keuchel is a groundball specialist and he induced the Cubs to hit into double plays in each of the first three innings.

''I think I'm going to be pleased with what I see from Dallas Keuchel about 98 percent of the time,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. ''Another solid job.''

Four relievers combined to get the final 10 outs and hold the Cubs scoreless. A.J. Minter went 1 1/3 innings for his fourth save. Minter came on with the potential tying runs on base in the eighth and struck out pinch-hitter Victor Caratini.

Willson Contreras homered and tripled, and Kris Bryant also connected for the Cubs.

Chicago starter Yu Darvish (2-4) had his string of 10 straight no-decisions snapped with the loss. He allowed five runs on five hits in five innings, walking two and striking out eight. He retired the last eight batters he faced after giving up Markakis' three-run drive with one out in the third.

''His stuff got better, he got into a rhythm late,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. ''There are things that we did to not help him. We still have to do better offensively with runners in scoring position. All the double plays we're hitting into. We made mistakes on defense.''

In 12 starts at Wrigley Field since signing with the Cubs prior to the 2018 season, Darvish is 0-5 with a 6.03 ERA.

Atlanta jumped on top 1-0 with a manufactured run in the first. Ronald Acuna Jr. led off with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Contreras. One out later, Acuna scored on Darvish's wild pitch.

McCann made it 2-0 on a long shot off the scoreboard in right in the second, and Markakis' homer extended the lead to 5-0.

Contreras and Bryant hit solo shots in the fourth and fifth, respectively, to make it 5-2. In the sixth, Contreras tripled with one out and scored on a groundout by Jason Heyward.

CLOSING TIME

After the game, the Cubs announced closer Craig Kimbrel will be added to their roster Thursday before the series finale.

Kimbrel, a seven-time All-Star, completed his minor league assignment Tuesday and traveled to Chicago on Wednesday. He pitched in four games for Triple-A Iowa, allowing one run and two hits in 3 2/3 innings. The right-hander worked a clean ninth with two strikeouts Tuesday in Iowa's 5-1 win over Omaha, throwing 16 pitches.

Kimbrel and the Cubs finalized a $43 million, three-year contract on June 7. The 31-year-old reliever has 333 career saves, including 42 last season for World Series champion Boston.

To make room on the 25-man roster, right-hander Tony Barnette was optioned to Iowa.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: RHP Mike Soroka (8-1, 2.07 ERA) is expected to make his scheduled start Friday in New York against the Mets. He left his outing Sunday against Washington after being hit on the right arm.

UP NEXT

The Braves will recall RHP Bryse Wilson (0-0, 8.31 ERA) from Triple-A Gwinnett to start against Cubs RHP Tyler Chatwood (3-1, 3.69) on Thursday. The 21-year-old Wilson lasted just 3 1/3 innings in his last start in the majors at Philadelphia on March 30, giving up four runs and five hits. Chatwood allowed three runs (two earned) and six hits in four innings against the Mets last Thursday.

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  • W: D. Keuchel (1-1)L: Y. Darvish (2-4)S: A. Minter (4)
  • HR: ATL - B. McCann (8), N. Markakis (7), CHC - K. Bryant (16), W. Contreras (17)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Swanson SS40100011.256.321.466.7870.5
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O. Albies 2B40000030.281.343.463.805-1.5
B. McCann C41111010.279.348.486.8335.5
J. Camargo LF40000000.244.283.389.6720.0
D. Keuchel P20100010.333.500.333.8330.5
J. Webb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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S. Newcomb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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C. Culberson RF00000000.328.375.603.9780.0
  • a-flied out for Webb in the 7th
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K. Bryant LF-3B51311011.287.395.539.9347.5
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A. Russell 2B30200112.238.313.396.7092.5
D. Bote 3B30000003.254.336.453.7890.0
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B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- V. Caratini PH10000012.282.370.423.793-0.5
P. Strop P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Y. Darvish P10000000.103.100.103.2030.0
b- D. Descalso PH10000000.184.284.272.5560.0
K. Ryan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Schwarber LF20000000.230.319.460.7800.0
  • a-struck out for Kintzler in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Darvish in the 5th
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Freeman (22), J. Donaldson (19)
  • HR - N. Markakis (7), B. McCann (8)
  • RBI - N. Markakis 3 (47), B. McCann (30)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, N. Markakis 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 3B - W. Contreras
  • HR - K. Bryant (16), W. Contreras (17)
  • RBI - K. Bryant (41), W. Contreras (48), J. Heyward (28)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Bryant (21)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rizzo, W. Contreras 2 (2), D. Bote 2 (2), V. Caratini 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Acuna (11)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Swanson-Albies-Freeman; Swanson-Albies-Freeman; Freeman-Swanson)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Bryant-Russell-Rizzo; Bryant-Russell-Rizzo)
  • E - J. Baez (8), W. Contreras (10)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Keuchel (W, 1-1)5.28333225.061.789.0
J. Webb (H, 7)0.10000001.321.130.0
S. Newcomb (H, 8)1.01000002.001.392.0
T. Toussaint (H, 2)0.21001104.581.50-1.5
A. Minter (S, 4)1.10000206.871.8511.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Keuchel (W, 1-1)5.2
J. Webb (H, 7)0.1
S. Newcomb (H, 8)1.0
T. Toussaint (H, 2)0.2
A. Minter (S, 4)1.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Y. Darvish (L, 2-4)5.05552824.981.362.0
K. Ryan1.00000203.451.224.0
T. Barnette1.00000006.751.503.0
B. Kintzler1.02000002.120.851.0
P. Strop1.00000004.861.023.0
PITCHERSIP
Y. Darvish (L, 2-4)5.0
K. Ryan1.0
T. Barnette1.0
B. Kintzler1.0
P. Strop1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Minter (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 85-51, J. Webb 1-1, S. Newcomb 19-12, T. Toussaint 15-8, A. Minter 18-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 11-1, J. Webb 1-0, S. Newcomb 1-2, A. Minter 1-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 25, J. Webb, S. Newcomb 4, T. Toussaint 4, A. Minter 4
PITCHING
  • WP - Y. Darvish (8)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Darvish 92-56, K. Ryan 11-9, T. Barnette 10-5, B. Kintzler 18-12, P. Strop 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Darvish 5-2, K. Ryan 1-1, T. Barnette 1-1, B. Kintzler 1-1, P. Strop 3-0
  • Batters Faced - Y. Darvish 22, K. Ryan 4, T. Barnette 2, B. Kintzler 4, P. Strop 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Swanson SS40100011.256.321.466.7870.5
F. Freeman 1B41200001.313.399.595.9944.0
J. Donaldson 3B31100121.256.358.487.8463.0
N. Markakis RF41131012.271.354.415.7697.5
A. Minter P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
O. Albies 2B40000030.281.343.463.805-1.5
B. McCann C41111010.279.348.486.8335.5
J. Camargo LF40000000.244.283.389.6720.0
D. Keuchel P20100010.333.500.333.8330.5
J. Webb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- A. Riley PH10000001.272.325.570.8950.0
S. Newcomb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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C. Culberson RF00000000.328.375.603.9780.0
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  • a-flied out for Webb in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Almora CF40100100.247.289.393.6812.0
K. Bryant LF-3B51311011.287.395.539.9347.5
A. Rizzo 1B30000103.270.382.525.9071.0
J. Baez SS40100010.287.326.548.8740.5
W. Contreras C32211102.300.395.586.98111.0
J. Heyward RF40110010.266.356.436.7921.5
A. Russell 2B30200112.238.313.396.7092.5
D. Bote 3B30000003.254.336.453.7890.0
T. Barnette P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- V. Caratini PH10000012.282.370.423.793-0.5
P. Strop P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Y. Darvish P10000000.103.100.103.2030.0
b- D. Descalso PH10000000.184.284.272.5560.0
K. Ryan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Schwarber LF20000000.230.319.460.7800.0
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  • a-struck out for Kintzler in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Darvish in the 5th
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Freeman (22), J. Donaldson (19)
  • HR - N. Markakis (7), B. McCann (8)
  • RBI - N. Markakis 3 (47), B. McCann (30)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, N. Markakis 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 3B - W. Contreras
  • HR - K. Bryant (16), W. Contreras (17)
  • RBI - K. Bryant (41), W. Contreras (48), J. Heyward (28)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Bryant (21)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rizzo, W. Contreras 2 (2), D. Bote 2 (2), V. Caratini 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Acuna (11)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Swanson-Albies-Freeman; Swanson-Albies-Freeman; Freeman-Swanson)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Bryant-Russell-Rizzo; Bryant-Russell-Rizzo)
  • E - J. Baez (8), W. Contreras (10)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Keuchel (W, 1-1)5.28333225.061.789.0
J. Webb (H, 7)0.10000001.321.130.0
S. Newcomb (H, 8)1.01000002.001.392.0
T. Toussaint (H, 2)0.21001104.581.50-1.5
A. Minter (S, 4)1.10000206.871.8511.0
Total9.01033452---
PITCHERSIP
D. Keuchel (W, 1-1)5.2
J. Webb (H, 7)0.1
S. Newcomb (H, 8)1.0
T. Toussaint (H, 2)0.2
A. Minter (S, 4)1.1
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Y. Darvish (L, 2-4)5.05552824.981.362.0
K. Ryan1.00000203.451.224.0
T. Barnette1.00000006.751.503.0
B. Kintzler1.02000002.120.851.0
P. Strop1.00000004.861.023.0
Total9.07552102---
PITCHERSIP
Y. Darvish (L, 2-4)5.0
K. Ryan1.0
T. Barnette1.0
B. Kintzler1.0
P. Strop1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Minter (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 85-51, J. Webb 1-1, S. Newcomb 19-12, T. Toussaint 15-8, A. Minter 18-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 11-1, J. Webb 1-0, S. Newcomb 1-2, A. Minter 1-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 25, J. Webb, S. Newcomb 4, T. Toussaint 4, A. Minter 4
PITCHING
  • WP - Y. Darvish (8)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Darvish 92-56, K. Ryan 11-9, T. Barnette 10-5, B. Kintzler 18-12, P. Strop 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Darvish 5-2, K. Ryan 1-1, T. Barnette 1-1, B. Kintzler 1-1, P. Strop 3-0
  • Batters Faced - Y. Darvish 22, K. Ryan 4, T. Barnette 2, B. Kintzler 4, P. Strop 3
  • 6TH INNING
    Heyward grounded out to shortstop, Contreras scored53
  • 5TH INNING
    Bryant homered to left center52
  • 4TH INNING
    Contreras homered to left center51
  • 3RD INNING
    Markakis homered to center, Freeman and Donaldson scored50
  • 2ND INNING
    McCann homered to right20
  • 1ST INNING
    Acuna scored on wild pitch10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Pedro Strop pitching
    • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Albies grounded out to shortstop
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, McCann grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Camargo: Strike swinging, Camargo grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Minter Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Schwarber flied out to deep left
    • A. Almora: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Almora grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Brandon Kintzler relieved Tony Barnette
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Swanson singled to deep center
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Freeman grounded into double play third to second to first, Swanson out at second
    • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Donaldson doubled to left center
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Markakis flied out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Touki Toussaint relieved Sean Newcomb
    • J. Baez: Ball, Baez flied out to left
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Contreras walked
    • J. Heyward: Foul, Ball, Heyward singled to right, Contreras to second
    • A. Russell: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
    • Victor Caratini hit for Brandon Kintzler
    • A.J. Minter pitching
    • Charlie Culberson in right field
    • V. Caratini: Ball, Ball, Contreras to third, Heyward to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Caratini struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • K. Ryan Pitching:
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Strike looking, Camargo safe at first on shortstop Baez fielding error
    • Tony Barnette pitching
    • Kyle Schwarber in left field
    • Austin Riley hit for Jacob Webb
    • A. Riley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Riley flied out to deep center
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Acuna grounded into double play third to second to first, Camargo out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Sean Newcomb pitching
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Schwarber popped out to third
    • A. Almora: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Almora grounded out to second
    • K. Bryant: Bryant singled to shallow left
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rizzo flied out to deep left
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Kyle Ryan pitching
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Markakis struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • B. McCann: McCann flied out to left
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Baez grounded out to shortstop
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Contreras tripled to deep right
    • J. Heyward: Foul, Heyward grounded out to shortstop, Contreras scored
    • A. Russell: Russell singled to right
    • Jacob Webb relieved Dallas Keuchel
    • D. Bote: Bote reached on fielder's choice to third, Russell out at second
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Swanson grounded out to third
    • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Freeman grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Donaldson: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Daniel Descalso hit for Yu Darvish
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Descalso grounded out to first
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Ball, Almora lined out to third
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Bryant homered to left center
    • A. Rizzo: Rizzo grounded out to first
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • J. Camargo: Camargo lined out to left
    • D. Keuchel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Keuchel struck out swinging
    • R. Acuna: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Acuna grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Baez struck out looking
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Contreras homered to left center
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
    • A. Russell: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Russell walked
    • D. Bote: Ball, Ball, Bote grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Freeman doubled to deep left
    • J. Donaldson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Donaldson walked
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Markakis homered to center, Freeman and Donaldson scored
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • Y. Darvish: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Darvish grounded out to second
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Almora walked
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bryant singled to center, Almora to third
    • A. Rizzo: Foul, Foul, Rizzo grounded into double play shortstop to first, Bryant out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, McCann homered to right
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Camargo grounded out to second
    • D. Keuchel: Keuchel singled to center
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Acuna struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Heyward grounded out to third
    • A. Russell: Ball, Russell singled to shallow left
    • D. Bote: Ball, Foul, Bote grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Russell out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Acuna walked
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Acuna stole second, Acuna to third on catcher Contreras throwing error, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Swanson popped out to shortstop
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Acuna scored on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Freeman singled to shallow center
    • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Markakis grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Foul, Almora reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Bryant grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Almora out at second
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rizzo walked
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Baez singled to right center, Rizzo to second
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Contreras grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)