ATLANTA – Cubs catcher Willson Contreras helped Chicago throw out two runners at home plate and another at third base before rallying for two runs in the ninth inning, pulling off a stunning 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.
After Ronald Acuna Jr. broke a 1-1 tie with a homer in the eighth, the Cubs bounced back against closer Arodys Vizcaino to hand the Braves a loss that really stung – especially after a couple of questionable calls in a wild fifth inning.
Back-to-back doubles by Albert Almora Jr. and Addison Russell tied it at 2, and Ben Zobrist came through with a two-out, run-scoring single off Vizcaino (1-2).
Carl Edwards Jr. (2-0) earned the win despite surrendering Acuna's homer. Brandon Morrow got the final outs for his 10th save.
Chicago's Yu Darvish returned from the disabled list and worked four innings, giving up a homer to Ender Inciarte.
In the fifth, Javier Baez's throwing error ruined a potential double play, but the Cubs escaped the jam when Contreras threw out runners at home and third after errant pitches got away from him.
The Braves sure didn't see it that way.
First, Mike Montgomery's pitch skipped past Contreras but he caught the ricochet off the backstop and threw to Montgomery at home. The tag caught Johan Camargo on the left shoulder as he slid head-first. Plate umpire Jim Wolf called him out and the Braves challenged. At least one replay angle appeared to show Camargo getting his left hand to the plate ahead of the tag.
The call was upheld and Braves manager Brian Snitker was irate, screaming and waving his arms until Wolf mouthed to him, “Enough.” Snitker was fuming again when another pitch got away from Contreras. Charlie Culberson broke for third and appeared to get a foot to the bag before Kris Bryant tagged his ankle, but third-base umpire Sam Holbrook signaled out. With no more challenges, there was nothing the Braves could do.