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Johnson, Braves take series from Cubs

Chicago,  IL  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Chris Johnson's  three-run homer fueled a 
four-run  third inning  and helped the Atlanta Braves take a 10-7 victory over 
the Chicago Cubs on Sunday in the rubber match of a three-game set. 

Johnson  finished  with three hits  and three runs  scored and Tommy La Stella 
supplied a three-run double among his three hits for the Braves, who won three 
of their final four games before the All-Star break. 

"We  had  a pretty good  first half," Braves  manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We 
have to enjoy this break and come out in the second half and keep firing." 

Starter  Julio  Teheran (9-6)  earned the  win despite giving  up four runs on 
seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts across seven innings. 

Chris  Coghlan and Arismendy Alcantara both homered for Chicago, which dropped 
the  final two games  of the series. Starter Travis Wood (7-8) was tagged with 
the  loss  after giving  up seven  runs on seven  hits and  three walks in six 
frames. 

"They  just  found holes," said  Wood. "I  made a bad  pitch to Johnson in the 
third and he did his job." 

Jason  Heyward was safe  on a force out and Johnson and La Stella both singled 
to  load  the bases in  the second. Gerald  Laird's double down the left-field 
line  drove in  two runs and Teheran's  groundout brought home La Stella for a 
3-0 lead. 

The  Braves  added four more  runs in the  third. Andrelton Simmons walked and 
Justin Upton singled two batters later. Heyward's RBI base hit scored Simmons, 
and  Johnson stepped  up to the plated  and crushed a fastball to center for a 
7-0 advantage. 

Alcantara's  first career  homer to right scored Coghlan, who opened the frame 
with a single, and made it a 7-2 game. 

Atlanta  made  it a 10-2  contest in the seventh.  Simmons took a leadoff walk 
from  Zac  Rosscup, Upton hit  a one-out  double and Johnson was intentionally 
walked  to  load the bases. La  Stella hit a line  drive to right for a bases- 
clearing double. 

Chicago  scored  two runs in the  seventh and three  runs in the eighth to get 
within  three.  Coghlan crushed  a two-run  shot to  right-center field in the 
seventh. 

In  the  eighth, Ryan Sweeney worked  a bases-loaded walk off Shae Simmons and 
John Baker's two-run double off Jordan Walden to right made it a 10-7 game. 

Craig  Kimbrel  spun a 1-2-3 ninth  inning for his league-leading 29th save of 
the season. 

                                   Game Notes 

Atlanta  suspended second baseman Dan Uggla for the series finale and selected 
the  contract of  infielder  Phil  Gosselin from  Triple-A  Gwinnett ... Cub
shortstop  Starlin  Castro played in his  700th career game ... The Braves won 
the season series, 5-1 ... In the final two games of the set, Johnson drove in 
seven  runs, homered  three times and scored five runs ... Washington reliever 
Tyler  Clippard replaced  Teheran on  the NL  All-Star roster  due his  Sunday 
start. 

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