Marcell Ozuna led off the sixth by lining a homer 479 feet over the Cubs’ bullpen behind the left-field wall.
Ronald Acuña Jr. drove in a run with a seventh-inning single off Ryan Tepera. With left-hander Andrew Chafin on the mound, Freddie Freeman hit into a double play to end the inning.
Cubs: Cubs shortstop Javier Báez had a triple off the right-field wall in the fifth and drove in a run in his return after missing three games with a hamstring injury. Báez showed he was healthy by making it to third base on the triple without a slide. His sacrifice fly in the third drove in Bryant, who doubled.
Braves: LHP Max Fried (right hamstring strain) threw to hitters before batting practice. Fried showed no sign of the injury while throwing from the mound, fielding bunts and covering first base. He could come off the injured list early next week. Manager Brian Snitker was encouraged, saying Fried “was really good. I thought his stuff was real crisp, command was real good.”
Cubs RHP Brandon Workman, who had a 6.75 ERA in 10 games, was designated for assignment before the game. LHP Justin Steele was recalled from the team’s alternate training site.
Ross said Workman “is not in a place to perform the way he and we want him to perform. … That’s the worst part of this job, as a friend, a teammate, someone I have a ton of respect for and the way that he works and the effort he gave.”
Alzolay’s second-inning single to right field was his first career hit. While standing on first base, he motioned to the Chicago dugout to make sure the milestone baseball was saved.
“It was a special moment for me,” he said. “At this point I don’t know how I hit the ball but I’ll take it.”
RILEY ON A ROLL
Austin Riley drove in the Braves’ first run with a fourth-inning single. He had two hits to raise his batting average to .301. He is hitting .483 (14 for 29) in his last 10 games.
Cubs: RHP Jake Arrieta (3-2, 2.57) is the scheduled starter when Chicago’s seven-game road trip continues with the opener of a three-game series at Cincinnati on Friday night.
Braves: LHP Drew Smyly (0-1, 7.20) will make his fourth start of the season when Atlanta opens a three-game series against Toronto in Dunedin, Fla., on Friday night.
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