Hoerner hits game-ending single in 10th inning as the Cubs beat the Braves 4-3

Wed, May 22, 2024
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Hoerner hits game-ending single in 10th inning as the Cubs beat the Braves 4-3

CHICAGO (AP) - Nico Hoerner hit a game-ending infield single in the 10th inning in his return to the lineup, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Tuesday night.

The Cubs had runners on the corners with one out in the 10th when the Braves brought their infield in. Hoerner then hit a high chopper to the right side that first baseman Matt Olson and second baseman Ozzie Albies converged on.

Albies had no play as Cody Bellinger scampered home with the winning run. It was Hoerner's first hit after missing six straight games with left hamstring tightness.

Mike Tauchman had two hits and two RBIs for the Cubs, who had dropped three of four. Luke Little (1-0) pitched a perfect 10th for his first career win.

Aaron Bummer (1-2) got the loss.

Chicago shortstop Dansby Swanson had two hits in his return to the lineup. The shortstop was activated from the 10-day injured list after he was sidelined by a right knee sprain.

Michael Harris II homered and made two nice defensive plays, but Atlanta lost for the fifth time in six games. Orlando Arcia hit a two-run drive, and Charlie Morton struck out eight in five effective innings.

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The Braves had a chance to go in front in the seventh, but they were stymied by some impressive relief work by Mark Leiter Jr.

Leiter replaced Tyson Miller with runners on first and second. After the game was delayed while the grounds crew worked on the mound, Leiter struck out Olson, Travis d'Arnaud and Harris - all swinging.

Harris gave Atlanta a 3-2 lead when he opened the fourth with an opposite-field drive into the bleachers in left for his fifth homer.

Chicago threatened in the bottom half, putting runners on first and second with one out. But Morton escaped the jam with some help from Harris, who made a leaping catch on the warning track on Tauchman's long fly ball.

Atlanta third baseman Zack Short dropped Michael Busch's popup for an error in the sixth, and Tauchman hit an RBI single off Daysbel Hernandez. But Harris made an impressive running grab in shallow center to keep the game tied at 3.

Olson and Ronald Acuna Jr. also made a couple of big defensive plays for the Braves. Olson snared Ian Happ's liner in the seventh and stepped on first for a double play. Acuna hauled in Patrick Wisdom's pinch-hit flyball on the warning track in right in the eighth.

Cubs right fielder Seiya Suzuki got in on the act in the ninth, robbing Acuna of a hit with a sliding catch.

MAKING MOVES

Braves: Hernandez was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett. He takes the roster spot of LHP Ray Kerr, who was sent down after Monday's doubleheader split against San Diego.

Cubs: INF Luis Vazquez was recalled from Triple-A Iowa, and OF Pete Crow-Armstrong and INF Miles Mastrobuoni were sent down.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: C Sean Murphy (strained left oblique) hit a 449-foot solo homer in his first rehab game with Gwinnett. He also walked and scored on a fifth-inning single. ... 3B Austin Riley (left side tightness) did some light work in an indoor batting cage.

Cubs: LHP Drew Smyly (right hip impingement) struck out five while pitching three hitless innings in a rehab start with High-A South Bend. ... LHP Jordan Wicks (forearm strain) threw a bullpen session, and he likely will go out on a rehab assignment this week. ... RHP Daniel Palencia (strained right shoulder) got one out in a rehab appearance with Iowa. He walked two and was charged with a run.

UP NEXT

Left-handers Max Fried (3-2, 3.81 ERA) and Justin Steele (0-1, 5.21 ERA) pitch on Wednesday night. Fried is 1-2 with a 3.44 ERA in three May starts for Atlanta. Steele allowed four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings in Chicago's 5-4 loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

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JAY COHEN Cohen is a national baseball writer and an editor on the AP's sports desk. Based in Chicago, he also covers hockey, football and basketball, along with international water polo. twitter facebook "
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