The Braves had a chance to capitalize on their first weak opponent in months, and they failed to do so against the Cubs. Atlanta won just two of the four games, and neither of their losses were very closely contested. They're now 3-4 against Chicago in 2012, who entered the series with the worst record in baseball.
Jeff Samardzija dominated the opener on Monday night as the Cubs went on to win by a score of 4-1. Tommy Hanson pitched well, but the offense simply did not step up.
Game two was a different story for Atlanta. The club raked out 10 hits for 10 runs, headlined by Chipper Jones' 5-for-5 night as they won 10-3 in convincing fashion.
Chicago won game three 5-1, aided greatly by another disastrous performance from Jonny Venters out of the bullpen.
The Braves used the long ball in the series finale on their way to a 7-3 victory. Mike Minor pitched well as Jason Heyward, Brian McCann, Freddie Freeman and Juan Francisco all homered.
Atlanta will now head north to take on the last place Phillies for their final series before the All-Star Break.
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