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"The first one's always the tough one", Kimbrel said. After a strikeout and ground out, Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. had an unbelievable at-bat, lining a 3-2 pitch to left field for a double. Freddie Freeman grounded sharply down the first-base line, and Rizzo fielded and had to dive for the bag to beat Freeman.

"I feel like I'm still ramping up a little bit" Kimbrel said.

Kimbrel earned his 334th career save and did it against his original team.

The Cubs were trailing 6-1 when they scored three times in the fourth inning and four times in the fifth, the go-ahead runs coming on a two-run home run from backup catcher Victor Caratini.

Fun facts of the afternoon: both Craig Kimbrel and Jason Heyward made their Major League Baseball debuts for the Atlanta Braves in 2010, and I like titles that rhyme. "He's getting eager and we're not going to be able to hold him back much longer". "Craig looked good. I think he was in the 98 (mph) area today".

Robles and Matt Adams homered against starter Sandy Alcantara during a five-run sixth inning that erased a 4-1 deficit.

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Chicago opened the scoring when Kyle Schwarber led off the bottom of the first with a home run, his 17th. Albies' RBI single in the second tied it. Reyes drove in three runs with a solo, 452-foot homer off Orioles starter Dylan Bundy in the third and a 412-foot, two-run shot off reliever Shawn Armstrong in the fifth. Atlanta scored two more times in the fourth on Swanson's two-run single for a 6-1 lead.

He was charged with three runs on four hits and two walks in five-plus innings. Daniel Descalso and Addison Russell would single, and Descalso would come home to score on a passed ball, 9-7 Cubs after six innings.

Kimbrel saved 108 games over three seasons for the Red Sox, including 42 for the World Series champions past year.

Maddon has turned to Pedro Strop and Steve Cishek in the ninth-inning role throughout the year.

I know fans, and the team would be put at ease if the Cubs could get out of this month-long funk they have been in.

Right-hander Tony Barnette was optioned to Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move. He has made four appearances for the Iowa Cubs, posting a 2.45 ERA (1 ER/3.2 IP) with a 0.82 WHIP.

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