CHICAGO — Ian Anderson and the Atlanta Braves head home after a successful road trip.
All they want is more of the same.
“Hopefully it’s as hot as the weather in there,” said a grinning Anderson. “It’s going to be hot.”
Anderson threw a three-hit ball in the seventh inning, Matt Olson hit a career-high three doubles and Atlanta defeated the Chicago Cubs 6-0 on Sunday to save the final of their weekend series.
Travis d’Arnaud and Michael Harris II scored for the World Series Champion Braves, who avoided his first losing streak in three games of the season. Next up is a seven-game homestand against San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Braves, who came to Chicago on a 14-game winning streak, went 21-8 in 29 straight games against teams that were under .500 at the time of the matchup.
“It’s easy to say you should beat these teams, but man, you’re a shot away from failing every night,” said manager Brian Snitker. “So it’s good if you can.”
Anderson (6-3) hit six and walked two in a season-high 6 2/3 innings, ending a 4-2 road trip for Atlanta. The right-hander improved to 3-0 with a 4.37 ERA in four starts in June.
“We lost the first two here so getting it today was a big focus to cap a good trip,” Anderson said.
Ian Happ had two of Chicago’s six hits. The Cubs fell to 3-12 in their last 15 games.
While Anderson stormed through Chicago’s lineup for most of the day, Kyle Hendricks (2-6) struggled for the Cubs. The right-hander fell to 1-4 with a 6.81 ERA in eight career games against Atlanta.
“I’ll have to go back and check, but a lot of the reps looked like mid-zone stuff,” manager David Ross said. “Just lick back. I try to go in and pull it in the middle. I try to go in and pull it in the middle.”
With two outs and Dansby Swanson on board in the first, Hendricks Olson walked before d’Arnaud reached Waveland Avenue with a 433-foot drive to the left for a three-run homer.
Harris led the fifth with his third homer, and back-to-back doubles from Swanson, Austin Riley and Olson made it 6-0 with an out. Olson’s hit also dogged Hendricks, who was winless in his last six starts.
“I know he wants to be as consistent as possible and is definitely trying,” Ross said. “Right now it’s just a little struggle to repeat this outing after another.”
Olson leads the majors with 27 doubles in 67 games in his freshman season with the Braves.
“He had a really good streak,” Snitker said.
Chicago loaded the bases in the eighth game against Jesse Chavez, but AJ Minter escaped the jam when he pulled back Patrick Wisdom with a flyball to the right.
NOT THAT BAD
Adrian Sampson threw 4 2/3 innings of a one-hit ball to Hendricks relief. He struck out five and walked none.
“He was on cruise control the whole time,” Ross said.
Boys: OF Seiya Suzuki (left ring finger sprain) is scheduled to travel to Arizona on Monday to continue his rehab at the team’s spring training center. … RHP Marcus Stroman (shoulder infection) threw off the mound in the Cubs’ bullpen before the game. … INF David Bote (left shoulder surgery) had two hits and three RBI in a rehab appearance for Triple-A Iowa.
Braves: LHP Max Fried (7-2, 2.90 ERA) starts Monday night against San Francisco. RHP Logan Webb (6-2, 3.43 ERA) takes the mound for the Giants.
Cubs: RHP Caleb Kilian (0-1, 8.00 ERA) makes his third major league start Monday night in the opener of a four-game streak in Pittsburgh. RHP JT Brubaker (0-7, 4.50 ERA) pitches for the Pirates.
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