Anderson, Olson lead Braves over Cubs, avoid 1st 3-game skid

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Ian Anderson throws against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, June 19, 2022.

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Ian Anderson throws against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, June 19, 2022. Associated Press

  • Atlanta Braves' Travis d'Arnaud hits a three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Sunday, June 19, 2022.

    Atlanta Braves' Travis d'Arnaud hits a three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Sunday, June 19, 2022. Associated Press

  • Chicago Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy, center, talks with catcher Yan Gomes, left, and starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Chicago, Sunday, June 19, 2022.

    Chicago Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy, center, talks with catcher Yan Gomes, left, and starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Chicago, Sunday, June 19, 2022. Associated Press

  • Atlanta Braves' Michael Harris II., right, smiles as he celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Sunday, June 19, 2022.

    Atlanta Braves' Michael Harris II., right, smiles as he celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Sunday, June 19, 2022. Associated Press

  • Atlanta Braves' Dansby Swanson reacts after hitting a ground-rule double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Sunday, June 19, 2022.

    Atlanta Braves' Dansby Swanson reacts after hitting a ground-rule double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Sunday, June 19, 2022. Associated Press

  • Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks reacts after Atlanta Braves' Michael Harris II hit a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, June 19, 2022.

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks reacts after Atlanta Braves' Michael Harris II hit a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, June 19, 2022. Associated Press

  • Atlanta Braves' Matt Olson watches his one-run double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Sunday, June 19, 2022.

    Atlanta Braves' Matt Olson watches his one-run double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Sunday, June 19, 2022. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 6/20/2022 7:00 AM

CHICAGO -- Ian Anderson and the Atlanta Braves are going home after a successful road trip.

All they want is more of the same.

 

'œHopefully we're as hot as the weather there,' a grinning Anderson said. 'œIt's going to be hot.'

Anderson pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning, Matt Olson hit a career-high three doubles and Atlanta beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 on Sunday, salvaging the finale of their weekend series.

Travis d'Arnaud and Michael Harris II homered for the World Series champion Braves, who avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season. Next up is a seven-game homestand against San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Braves, who arrived in Chicago with a 14-game win streak, went 21-8 in a stretch of 29 straight games against teams that were under .500 at the time of the matchup.

'œIt's easy to say you should beat these teams, but, man, you're a hit away every night from not,' manager Brian Snitker said. 'œSo it's good when you can.'

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Anderson (6-3) struck out six and walked two in a season-high 6 2/3 innings, closing out a 4-2 road trip for Atlanta. The right-hander improved to 3-0 with a 4.37 ERA in four June starts.

'œWe lost the first two here, so that was a big emphasis to try to get it done today, to kind of put a cap on what was a good trip,' Anderson said.

Ian Happ had two of Chicago's six hits. The Cubs dropped to 3-12 in their last 15 games.

While Anderson breezed through Chicago's lineup for much of the day, Kyle Hendricks (2-6) struggled for the Cubs. The right-hander dropped to 1-4 with a 6.81 ERA in eight career games against Atlanta.

'œI have to go back and look, but a lot of the replays looked like stuff in the middle of the zone,' manager David Ross said. 'œJust leaking back. Trying to go in, pulling it middle. Trying to go in, pulling it middle.'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

With two out and Dansby Swanson aboard in the first, Hendricks walked Olson before d'Arnaud reached Waveland Avenue with a 433-foot drive to left for a three-run homer.

Harris led off the fifth with his third homer, and consecutive doubles by Swanson, Austin Riley and Olson made it 6-0 with one out. Olson's hit also chased Hendricks, who is winless in his last six starts.

'œI know he wants to be as consistent as he possibly can and puts in the work, for sure,' Ross said. 'œRight now just repeating that outing to outing is just, been a little bit of a struggle.'

Olson leads the majors with 27 doubles in 67 games in his first season with the Braves.

'œHe had a really good series,' Snitker said.

Chicago loaded the bases in the eighth against Jesse Chavez, but A.J. Minter escaped the jam when he retired Patrick Wisdom on a flyball to right.

NOT BAD AT ALL

Adrian Sampson pitched 4 2/3 innings of one-hit ball in relief of Hendricks. He struck out five and walked none.

'œHe was in cruise control the entire time,' Ross said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: OF Seiya Suzuki (left ring finger sprain) is slated to travel to Arizona on Monday to continue his rehab at the team's spring training facility. ... RHP Marcus Stroman (shoulder inflammation) threw off the mound in the Cubs' bullpen before the game. ... INF David Bote (left shoulder surgery) had two hits and three RBIs in a rehab appearance for Triple-A Iowa.

UP NEXT

Braves: LHP Max Fried (7-2, 2.90 ERA) starts Monday night against San Francisco. RHP Logan Webb (6-2, 3.43 ERA) takes the mound for the Giants.

Cubs: RHP Caleb Kilian (0-1, 8.00 ERA) makes his third major league start Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at Pittsburgh. RHP JT Brubaker (0-7, 4.50 ERA) pitches for the Pirates.

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Jay Cohen can be reached at https://twitter.com/jcohenap

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