Braves Pitch Past Cubs

Atlanta 4, Chicago 1

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    Atlanta Braves runner Andrelton Simmons, right, slides safely into second under the tag of Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro in the fourth inning.

    Justin Upton hit his third homer in four games and Mike Minor pitched into the eighth inning to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 on Friday night.

    Juan Francisco had a two-run single and Minor (1-0) won his first start of the season, allowing one run and five hits in 7 1-3 innings. He walked none and struck out seven.

    Eric O'Flaherty got two outs in the eighth and Craig Kimbrel threw eight pitches in a perfect ninth for his second save.

    Making his Cubs debut, Scott Feldman (0-1) threw two wild pitches, hit a batter and had a fielding error in the fourth when he missed the bag in an attempt to cover first base.

    Feldman gave up four runs, five hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings.

    Upton's shot gave the Braves a 1-0 lead in the first. His sacrifice fly in the third drove in Andrelton Simmons to make it 2-0.

    Feldman could only blame himself for the second run. He issued a leadoff walk to Simmons, who stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch.

    Minor's one costly mistake came when Scott Hairston led off the fifth with a homer, his first, to make it 2-1.

    Since the beginning of September last year, Minor is 5-0 with a 0.94 ERA in six starts. He also improved to 5-0 in five career starts against the Cubs.

    Francisco used an inside-out swing with one out in the fifth to drive the ball into left field for a two-run single that made it 4-1.

    That hit chased Feldman, who threw balls on 49 of his 102 pitches. Michael Bowden ended the inning on rookie Evan Gattis' groundout.

    Bowden faced the minimum over the next 2 1-3 innings. Hector Rondon faced four batters in the eighth.

    Feldman, who spent his first eight seasons with Texas, is 0-6 with a 6.85 ERA over his last nine starts.