McCann Homers Twice, Braves Beat Cubs 8-3

Brian McCann hit a pair of home runs and Michael Bourn had four hits in the Braves' 8-3 win over the Cubs.

McCann had been hitless in the series, but he crushed a three-run home run in the first inning off Matt Garza to give Brandon Beachy an early lead. The lead didn't last long, though. In the bottom of the first, Starlin Castro reached on a dropped pop-up, stole second and went to third on a throwing error. He later scored on a groundout.

The Cubs tied the game in the second on Marlon Byrd's solo home run and Geovany Soto's RBI groundout to score Tyler Colvin, who had tripled earlier. After that, Beachy held the Cubs in check. He tossed six innings, allowed six hits and struck out eight.

The Braves broke the tie in the third, loading the bases against Garza. Dan Uggla worked a bases-loaded walk and Freddie Freeman followed with an RBI single. Jason Heyward's sacrifice fly in the fifth inning gave the Braves a 6-3 lead. Garza allowed eight hits in five innings.

McCann hit his second home run of the game leading off the seventh, an opposite-field shot off John Grabow. An RBI single by Michael Bourn in the eighth gave the Braves their final run of the game.

Scoreless innings from Arodys Vizcaino, Eric O'Flaherty and Cristhian Martinez sealed the win for the Braves.

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