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>>Cubs Down Braves

 

Willson Contreras homered and had three RBIs, Jon Lester pitched five-hit ball through six innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves 8-3 Monday in a chippy matchup of NL division leaders.

 

Jason Heyward added a solo homer for Chicago, which moved one game ahead of Milwaukee in the NL Central. Lester (7-5) allowed two unearned runs and struck out seven.

 

The Cubs strung together five straight hits in a five-run fifth inning to break the game open. Kyle Schwarber doubled into the ivy to score Carlos Gonzalez. Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez and Contreras followed with RBIs.

 

Tempers flared in the second inning when Contreras homered to right, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. Contreras turned to Braves catcher Tyler Flowers after the ball left his bat, and while rounding first base, gestured toward Atlanta's dugout and thumped his chest.

 

Julio Teheran (5-6) was roughed up for the second consecutive start. He allowed six runs in four innings last Tuesday against the Mets.

 

Nick Markakis drove in two runs with a single in the sixth inning. Swanson hit a towering solo homer in the seventh.

 

Atlanta lost for the sixth time in 20 games.

 

Max Fried (8-3, 4.03 ERA) takes the mound Tuesday. Fried allowed one hit in six shutout innings against the Cubs on April 4.

 

Adbert Alzolay (1-0, 2.25 ERA) makes his first big-league start Tuesday. He tossed four innings in relief Thursday against the Mets.

 

>>Red Sox Walk Off White Sox

 

Marco Hernandez beat out an infield single with the bases loaded in the ninth and the Boston Red Sox rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 6-5 on Monday night.

Andrew Benintendi led off the ninth with a double. J.D. Martinez struck out and Rafael Devers grounded out to first to move Benintendi to third. Fry then intentionally walked Xander Bogaerts, bringing up Bradley Jr. Bogaerts stole second uncontested, prompting Chicago to intentionally walk Bradley to load the bases for Hernandez. He grounded the ball to the hole and beat shortstop Tim Anderson's throw.

 

It was the second straight walk-off victory at home for Boston, which has won nine of 12.

 

Brandon Workman (7-1) got one out in the eighth, to pick up the victory. Jace Fry (1-3) took the loss for Chicago, which has lost six out of eight.

 

Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez gave up five runs off six hits, including two home runs over 6 1/3 innings.

 

Chicago's Lucas Giolito, who is looking to become the first White Sox All-Star pitcher since Chris Sale and Jose Quintana in 2016, allowed three runs off six hits, struck out seven and walked four over 5 2/3 innings.

 

Yoan Moncada had a two-run home run and Jose Abreu added a two-out, solo home run for the White Sox.

 

Carson Fulmer (1-1, 6.35 ERA) was named the starter Tuesday.

 

David Price will make his fifth start of the month. Since returning from the injured list on May 20 he is 3-0 with a 2.97 ERA.

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