Cubs blank Braves, ending two MLB-long streaks

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs turned the primary crew in 23 years to cease a dropping streak of 10 or extra sport whereas ending an opponent’s successful streak of at the least 10 video games, beating the Braves 1-0 Friday to halt Atlanta’s majors-best 14-game run.

Rookie Christopher Morel hit a sacrifice fly within the eighth inning, serving to the Cubs cease a 10-game slide, the longest dropping streak within the majors this season, and Chicago’s longest since 12 straight losses from final Aug. 5-16.

The Braves are the primary crew to have a 14-plus-game win streak snapped by a 1-0 loss since 2013 — when Atlanta additionally noticed a 14-game win streak halted by a 1-0 loss to the Marlins.

Morel drove within the sport’s solely run in opposition to reliever A.J. Minter after hanging out in his first three at-bats, then getting some recommendation from catcher Willson Contreras.

“It helped me consider what I wanted to do, what to give attention to with that robust lefty,” Morel, who has 15 RBIs since making his main league debut on Might 17, mentioned. “Willson talked to me and instructed me, ”Do not search for stuff low across the plate. Look excessive.'”

A pair of double-digit streaks had not resulted in the identical sport since Philadelphia beat Houston on Sept. 15, 1999, ending the Phillies’ skid at 11 and the Astros’ successful streak at 12.

Chicago had not received 1-0 since Might 28 final yr in opposition to Cincinnati. The Braves misplaced 1-0 for the second time this yr following a defeat at Milwaukee on Might 16.

Minter (2-1) walked pinch-hitter Jonathan Villar main off the eighth. He superior on Andrelton Simmons‘ sacrifice, stole third with no throw on Minter’s 2-1 pitch within the filth to Morel and scored on Morel’s 277-foot fly to middle with a gentle wind blowing in at Wrigley Discipline.

Villar slid residence headfirst as Michael Harris II‘s throw was barely up the first-base line.

With Chicago carrying uncommon darkish blue jerseys and pants with mild blue letters, Chris Martin (1-0) pitched an ideal eighth for his first with for the Cubs.

Atlanta loaded the bases in opposition to David Robertson within the ninth on two walks and a success batter earlier than Orlando Arcia grounded out. Robertson bought his eighth save in 10 possibilities, finishing a two-hitter on a day each groups mixed for simply 5 hits.

It was Atlanta’s first defeat since Might 31 at Arizona. The Braves’ 14-game win streak was the longest by any crew this season, and tied the 1935 Cardinals for the third longest by a defending World Sequence champion.

“The primary loss in June is sweet whenever you’re in the course of the month,” mentioned Matt Olson, who struck considered one of fourth deep flies which will have been held by wind.

“Our sport is to get the ball within the air and we type of bought beat again right here immediately,” Atlanta supervisor Brian Snitker mentioned.

Keegan Thompson, coming off poor outings at Baltimore and the New York Yankees, struck out a career-high 9 whereas permitting two hits and two walks in six-plus scoreless innings — his longest massive league outing.

“I feel there was a aware effort for us immediately to throw extra fastballs,” Thompson mentioned. “I have never had a variety of harm completed to this point off the fastball this yr and I had type of gotten away from the four-seam fastball the final two outings.”

Mychal Givens struck out Arcia with two on to finish the seventh.

Charlie Morton struck out 9, walked none and allowed three hits.

Contreras narrowly missed a homer on a drive off the left-center wall with two within the sixth. Left fielder Adam Duvall performed the ball completely and held him to a single.

ESPN Stats & Data and The Related Press contributed to this report.

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