ATLANTA (AP) — Willson Contreras threw one away, then made the tag at home plate to keep the Braves off the scoreboard in the very first inning.
Turns out, the Chicago catcher was just getting warmed up.
Contreras threw out runners at home and third during a wild fifth inning, and the Cubs rallied for two runs in the ninth to stun first-place Atlanta 3-2 on Tuesday night.
This one really stung for the Braves, who were coming off a 6-1 road trip that propelled them to the best record in the National League.
Carl Edwards Jr. (2-0) earned the win. Brandon Morrow got the final three outs for his 10th save.
Chicago’s Yu Darvish returned from the disabled list after a bout with the flu, only to work just four innings because of cramping. Still, his first appearance since May 2 was an encouraging one, given that he was 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA in his first season with the Cubs.