Braves knock off the Cubs 4-1 and take series

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wednesday July 8, 2009

CHICAGO (AP) — Kenshin Kawakami shut down the Chicago Cubs for six innings and shortstop Yunel Escobar made a run-saving defensive play in the eighth, helping preserve the Atlanta Braves' 4-1 victory Wednesday.

Casey Kotchman homered for the Braves, who won a road series for the first time in nearly two months. After going 0-6 against the Cubs in 2008, Atlanta won this season's series 4-2.

With a runner on second base and reliever Mike Gonzalez trying to protect Atlanta's 2-1 eighth-inning lead, Kosuke Fukudome hit a line drive up the middle. Escobar, who turned in several outstanding plays in the series, made a full-out dive and caught the ball to keep the tying run from scoring.

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