Jackson pummeled as Braves whip Cubs

Jackson pummeled as Braves whip Cubs
July 12, 2014, 10:00 am
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Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) Chris Johnson and the Atlanta Braves capitalized on a day when the ball was flying at Wrigley Field.

And Mike Minor toughed it out on a day when it was tough to pitch.

Johnson homered twice and Minor hit his second career home run, leading the Atlanta Braves over the Chicago Cubs 11-6 on Saturday.

Johnson and Justin Upton each drove in four runs for the Braves.

Johnson and Minor homered and Upton hit a three-run double as Atlanta scored six times in the fourth inning for a 9-3 lead.

"It's one of those days at Wrigley when you get the ball up in the air and the ball keeps traveling," Johnson said. "Mike battled though. It's a tough place to pitch on days like this. He battled and kept us in the game. We were able to get enough.

Minor (3-5) allowed six runs and 11 hits in six innings, improving to 6-0 in his career against the Cubs.

The Braves won for the second time in seven games. They hit no home runs in their previous six games and one in their last 12 games.

Upton and Justin Heyward had RBI singles in the ninth for Atlanta.

David Carpenter pitched two innings for his third save.

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