Major League Baseball roundup
Cubs 8, Braves 3
Willson Contreras wasn't happy with a called second strike in the second inning. He took his displeasure out on the next pitch, hitting it out of the park.
Contreras homered and had three RBIs, Jon Lester pitched five-hit ball through six innings and the Cubs beat Atlanta on Monday in a chippy matchup of NL division leaders.
"It's fun, because they're good and we're good," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "Monday night at 7:05 (p.m.), and to have that kind of an attitude or atmosphere is outstanding. That's what baseball needs."
Jason Heyward added a solo homer for Chicago, which moved one game ahead of Milwaukee in the NL Central. Lester (7-5) allowed two unearned runs and struck out seven.
The Cubs strung together five straight hits in a five-run fifth inning to break the game open. Kyle Schwarber doubled into the ivy to score Carlos González. Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Báez and Contreras followed with RBIs.
Tempers flared in the second inning when Contreras homered to right, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. Contreras turned to Braves catcher Tyler Flowers after the ball left his bat, and while rounding first base, gestured toward Atlanta's dugout and thumped his chest.
Contreras and Maddon downplayed the incident. Contreras was questioning a called strike that he felt was outside the zone.
"I just tell (Flowers) to do his job and I do mine," Contreras said. "To be honest, those pitches weren't even close to the strike zone. He got mad because I was talking to the umpire about that, and he jumped into the conversation."
Contreras and Flowers exchanged words as he returned to the dugout. Heyward escorted Contreras back to the dugout, and Teheran approached the third-base line.
The benches cleared, umpire John Tumpane warned both teams and players congregated on the third-base line. No blows were exchanged.
"I think it died down as soon as it was over," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "It was just a couple of catchers going at it a little bit."
Báez singled and stole second to lead off the fourth before Contreras made it 2-0. Contreras' single glanced off shortstop Dansby Swanson's glove and ricocheted into center field as Báez raced home.
Teheran (5-6) was roughed up for the second consecutive start. He allowed six runs in four innings last Tuesday against the Mets.
Nick Markakis drove in two runs with a single in the sixth inning. Swanson hit a towering solo homer in the seventh off Tony Barnette, who made his Cubs debut after being activated from the 60-day injured list.
Atlanta lost for the sixth time in 20 games.
Closer Craig Kimbrel will pitch in another game at Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday. Then Cubs management will evaluate his progress. He could be activated later this week.
"There's certainly a chance that at the very end of this homestand or early on the next road trip we could be seeing him," president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said.
Braves’ manager Brian Snitker said it's unclear if rookie RHP Mike Soroka (right forearm) will make his scheduled start Friday against the Mets. Soroka was hit by Washington's Austin Voth in the third inning of Sunday's game. Snitker said Soroka had an "extensive forearm workout" Monday and could play long toss Tuesday.
Diamondbacks 8, Dodgers 5
David Peralta hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning, and Arizona rallied for the win over NL West-leading Los Angeles.
Former Dodger Tim Locastro put the game out of reach with a two-run double off losing pitcher Dylan Floro (2-2), part of a four-run outburst in the eighth for the Diamondbacks. Christian Walker and starting pitcher Zack Greinke homered, Ketel Marte had two hits for his seventh consecutive multi-hit game and the Diamondbacks ended the Dodgers' winning streak at six games.
Yoan Lopez (1-1) worked a scoreless inning and earned the win.
Max Muncy drove in three runs for the Dodgers.
Greg Holland got one out in the ninth for his 200th career save.
Rockies 2, Giants 0
David Dahl hit a two-run homer in the third that held up for Jon Gray, and Colorado snapped a three-game skid by beating San Francisco.
Gray (8-5) struck out six in six innings, allowing four hits and walking two for Colorado. The Rockies were coming off three straight walkoff defeats to the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
Giants starter Drew Pomeranz (2-8) matched his career high with 11 strikeouts over five innings but left trailing 2-0.
The 11 Ks were the most by a Giants pitcher throwing five or fewer innings since the mound distance was established in 1893, according to Elias.
Wade Davis finished the six-hitter for his 10th save in 12 opportunities.
The Giants, who had won six straight series openers, lost for the fifth time in seven games. Colorado won for just the second time in five games at San Francisco, which was shut out for the ninth time.
Indians 3, Royals 2 (10 innings)
Jason Kipnis homered leading off the 10th inning as Cleveland continued its impressive June with a win over Kansas City in a game delayed 2 hours, 23 minutes by rain.
Kipnis connected on a 1-0 pitch from Wily Peralta (2-4) for his sixth homer.
The Indians have won 14 of 19 and improved to an AL-best 15-6 this month.
Brad Hand (4-2) worked a perfect 10th as Indians manager Terry Francona was forced to use six pitchers because of the weather.
Whit Merrifield homered for the Royals, who sit at the bottom of the AL Central.
Indians starter Adam Plutko didn't give up a hit until the fourth, when Merrifield led off with his 11th homer.
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