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Cubs rally behind defense to beat Braves 3-2
Wednesday May 16, 2018 12:00am

Cubs rally behind defense to beat Braves 3-2
(ATLANTA) – Willson Contreras threw one away, then made the tag at home plate to keep the Braves off the scoreboard in the very first inning. Turns out, the Chicago catcher was just getting warmed up. Contreras threw out runners at home and third during a wild fifth inning, and the Cubs rallied for two runs in the ninth to stun first-place Atlanta 3-2 on Tuesday night. This one really stung for the Braves, who were coming off a 6-1 road trip that propelled them to the best record in the National League. They were fuming after two questionable calls on the basepaths in the fifth ruined a potentially big inning. After Ronald Acuna Jr. broke a 1-1 tie with a mammoth homer in the eighth , the Cubs bounced back against Atlanta closer Arodys Vizcaino. Back-to-back doubles by Albert Almora Jr. and Addison Russell tied it at 2, and Ben Zobrist came through with a two-out, run-scoring single off Vizcaino (1-2). Carl Edwards Jr. (2-0) earned the win despite surrendering Acuna's homer. Brandon Morrow got the final three outs for his 10th save. Chicago's Yu Darvish returned from the disabled list after a bout with the flu, only to work just four innings because of cramping. Still, his first appearance since May 2 was an encouraging one, given that he was 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA in his first season with the Cubs. The only run off Darvish was Ender Inciarte's fourth-inning homer.

San Diego 4 – Colorado 0
Miami 4 – LA Dodgers 2
Arizona 2 – Milwaukee 1
San Francisco 5 – Cincinnati 3

Tampa Bay 4 – Washington 2 (Capitals lead 2-1)

Boston 107 – Cleveland 94 (Celtics lead 2-0)

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