Cubs come back to de­feat Braves

Starkville Daily News - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL - By JOHN JACK­SON As­so­ci­ated Press

CHICAGO — Although Javy Baez usu­ally swings as if ev­ery pitch is a po­ten­tial home run, the Cubs slug­ger knew the con­di­tions at Wrigley Field on Satur­day war­ranted a dif­fer­ent ap­proach.

Baez lined a three-run dou­ble as Chicago scored nine times in the eighth in­ning on just three hits, ral­ly­ing past the wild At­lanta Braves 14-10 in mis­er­able cold, wet and windy con­di­tions.

"I didn't try to do too much to it," Baez said. "Ob­vi­ously, a ball in the air wasn't go­ing any­where with the wind to­day. Just be­ing smart and hit­ting the ball good."

The Cubs trailed 9-1 in the third in­ning, were still down 10-2 in the sixth and went into the eighth be­hind 10-5. Chicago then used five walks, two hit bat­ters, an er­ror and a wild pitch to come back against four At­lanta re­liev­ers — all nine runs scored af­ter there were two outs.

Baez drove in four runs, with his basescle­ar­ing dou­ble mak­ing it 10-all. Ben Zo­brist had three hits and two RBIs for the Cubs.

"How about our guys not quit­ting?" Chicago man­ager Joe Mad­don said. "It would have been easy to pack in that game."

Ozzie Al­bies had three hits, in­clud­ing a homer, and drove in four runs for the Braves. Dansby Swan­son and Nick Markakis had two hits and two RBIs apiece for At­lanta.

"You like to hold on right there, but it was hor­ri­ble con­di­tions, about as bad as I have been in," Braves man­ager Brian Snitker said. "I don't know how the guys on ei­ther team did it, quite hon­estly."

De­spite a tem­per­a­ture of 38 de­grees, a 24 mph wind and a steady mist at the start, the de­ci­sion was made to play mainly be­cause this was At­lanta's only visit to Chicago and the fore­cast for Sun­day was worse.

The tem­per­a­ture fell and the wind in­creased as the game pro­gressed.

"Hope­fully, we don't play too many more games that are in these con­di­tions," At­lanta reliever Peter Moy­lan said. "Clearly, they didn't want us to come back on our off day, so we had to play through."

Ja­son Hey­ward led off the Cubs eighth by get­ting hit by a pitch from Luke Jack­son and pinch hit­ter Tommy La Stella sin­gled with one out. Right-han­der Jose Ramirez fanned Efren Navarro for the second out, but hit Kris Bryant to load the bases.

Will­son Con­tr­eras fol­lowed with an in­field hit that made it 10-6 and Zo­brist walked to force home an­other run.

Baez fol­lowed with his dou­ble to left-cen­ter for a tie at 10. Af­ter Ad­di­son Rus­sell was walked in­ten­tion­ally, lefty Sam Free­man walked Hey­ward to load the bases again. Free­man then walked Sch­war­ber and LaStella to plate two more runs and give Chicago a 12-10 lead.

At­lanta made an­other pitch­ing change, bring­ing in the right-handed Moy­lan. A wild pitch scored a run and an­other scored on a throw­ing er­ror by catcher Kurt Suzuki.

Play­ers from both sides agreed that the con­di­tions were a ma­jor fac­tor in the wild­ness of the Braves pitch­ers.

"I give both teams a lot of credit for be­ing pro­fes­sional un­der the cir­cum­stances, be­cause the game re­ally shouldn't have been played," Mad­don said.

Huh, AP) (Photo by Nam Y.

Chicago Cubs' Kyle Sch­war­ber, right, cel­e­brates with Ja­son Hey­ward (22) in the eighth in­ning of Satur­day's game against the At­lanta Braves in Chicago.

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