The Chicago Cubs entered this series with the worst record in baseball. Against the Braves in 2012, they are now 4-2 following a 5-1 victory on Wednesday night. The Braves have now lost five of their last seven games, and are now six games back of the Nationals in the NL East.
It was more of the same for Atlanta's lineup, swinging at bad pitches and failing to capitalize with runners in scoring position. And of their three hits with runners in scoring position, only one run scored.
The Cubs struck first in the first inning on a delayed double steal that brought Starlin Castro home from third. The Braves tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third with an RBI single from Martin Prado.
Bryan LaHair promptly sent a ball over the wall in the next half-inning, giving Chicago a 2-1 lead once again. A wild pitch from Jonny Venters brought home a run in the seventh to make it 3-1, and then Jeff Baker homered to make it 4-1. Anthony Rizzo hit his second home run in three days to give the Cubs a 5-1 lead they would not relinquish.
The Braves are now 0-5 in Randall Delgado's last five starts.
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