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Harang, HRs help Braves complete sweep of Cubs

Atlanta,  GA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Evan Gattis and Jason Heyward both homered 
to  back  a solid start  from Aaron Harang, as  the Atlanta Braves completed a 
three-game  sweep of  the Chicago Cubs with  a 5-2 triumph on Sunday at Turner 
Field. 

Harang (4-3) struck out nine and held the Cubs to two runs on six hits and two 
walks  over six innings. Anthony Varvaro, Ian Thomas and Alex Wood combined to 
keep  the  visitors off  the  board  over the  next  two  frames before  David 
Carpenter worked a 1-2-3 ninth to secure his second save of the season. 

Gattis  stroked  a solo  homer in  the fourth and  scored twice, while Heyward 
added  some insurance with  a two-run blast in the seventh for the Braves, who 
have won four of their last five games. 

Chicago  starter  Edwin Jackson (2-3)  allowed three runs  on six hits and two 
walks over six frames to absorb the loss. 

Nate Schierholtz smacked a two-run double for the Cubs, who have lost seven of 
their last eight games. 

"We  gotta  try to pick  each other up,"  Chicago second baseman Darwin Barney 
said,  referring to  the team's recent rough  patch. "We have one goal in mind 
and  that's to  get better and be a team  that is tough to beat day in and day 
out." 

The  Braves struck  first in  the bottom  of the  second, as  Gattis worked  a 
leadoff walk before Chris Johnson and Ryan Doumit stroked consecutive singles, 
with the latter plating Gattis for a 1-0 lead. Andrelton Simmons then scorched 
a double off the base of the wall in left to score Johnson for a 2-0 margin. 

Schierholtz's  two-run double off the wall in right field scored Anthony Rizzo 
and Starlin Castro to tie the game in the fourth, but Gattis crushed the first 
pitch of the home half into the seats in left to give the Braves a 3-2 lead. 

"The  ball's not  traveling too well in  Atlanta but I thought I got it pretty 
good," Gattis said of his home run. 

Heyward  provided the Braves' bullpen with some breathing room in the seventh. 
Chicago  reliever  James Russell plunked Dan  Uggla to start the frame and two 
batters later, Heyward launched his third homer of the season over the wall in 
right to make it 5-2. 

                                   Game Notes 

The Cubs  lost seven straight road  games against the Braves, with their last 
win in Atlanta coming on July 4, 2012 ... Chicago went 1-for-8 with runners in 
scoring  position and left eight men on base ... Atlanta improved to 13-0 this 
season when scoring first ... The sweep was Atlanta's third of the season. 

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