Braves avoid another loss by shutting out Cubs

June 19, 2022

Michael Harris II., right, of the Atlanta Braves celebrates with Ronald Acuna Jr. after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago on Sunday, June 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Nam Y. Huh/AP

CHICAGO (AP) — Ian Anderson pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning, Matt Olson had three doubles and the Atlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 on Sunday, salvaging the final game of the weekend’s series. .

Travis d’Arnaud and Michael Harris II homered for the defending World Series champion Braves, who avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season.

The Braves, who entered Chicago with 14 straight wins, went 21-8 in a span of 29 games against teams that were under .500 at the start of the matchup.

Anderson (6-3) struck out six and walked two in 6 2/3 innings, his longest outing of the season. The right-hander improved to 3-0 with a 4.37 ERA in four starts in June.

Ian Happ had a pair of Chicago’s six hits. The Cubs are 3-12 in their last 15 games.

While Anderson dominated much of Chicago’s lineup, Kyle Hendricks (2-6) struggled for the Cubs.

For the Braves, Venezuelans Ronald Acuña Jr 5-0 and William Contreras 4-0.

For the Cubs, Dominicans Jonathan Villar 4-1 and Christopher Morel 4-0; Venezuelan Wilson Contreras 4-1.