CHICAGO (AP) — Drew Smyly tossed shutout ball into the seventh inning for his first win at Wrigley Field for the Cubs, leading Chicago past the Miami Marlins 4-0 on Saturday.
P.J. Higgins homered and singled, and Nico Hoerner added three hits and an RBI to help the Cubs defeat Miami for a second straight day after losing five straight.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Yan Gomes hit two home runs, Drew Smyly tossed six sharp innings and the Chicago Cubs completed a three-game sweep with a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
Nelson Velázquez also went deep for the Cubs, who have won four in a row to pull within 19 games of .500.
Chicago Cubs (8-10, third in the NL Central) vs. Atlanta Braves (8-11, fourth in the NL East)
Atlanta; Thursday, 7:20 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cubs: Drew Smyly (1-1, 2.45 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, nine strikeouts); Braves: Kyle Wright (2-0, 1.06 ERA, .77 WHIP, 26 strikeouts)
Capsules of National League East teams, listed in order of finish last year:
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year contract with Drew Smyly, adding another experienced pitcher to their staff.
Smyly's deal includes a mutual 2023 option. The 32-year-old Smyly went 11-4 with a 4.48 ERA in 29 games, 23 starts, for the World Series champion Braves last year.
A capsule look at the best-of-seven World Series between the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros:
Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Tuesday, at Houston, 8:09 p.m. (Fox); Game 2, Wednesday, at Houston, 8:09 p.m.
Atlanta Braves (88-73, first in the NL East) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (106-56, second in the NL West)
Los Angeles; Thursday, 8:08 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Max Fried (1-0, 3.10 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 158 strikeouts this postseason) Dodgers: TBD
New York Mets (77-84, third in the NL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (87-73, first in the NL East)
Atlanta; Sunday, 3:20 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mets: Noah Syndergaard (0-0, .00 ERA, .00 WHIP, 2 strikeouts) Braves: Charlie Morton (14-6, 3.64 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 213 strikeouts)
Atlanta Braves (79-70, first in the NL East) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (48-103, fifth in the NL West)
Phoenix; Wednesday, 9:40 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Ian Anderson (7-5, 3.75 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 114 strikeouts) Diamondbacks: Merrill Kelly (7-10, 4.41 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 119 strikeouts)
ATLANTA (AP) — Juan Soto and Freddie Freeman showed goodwill after each star was hit by a pitch in the first two games of the Washington-Atlanta series.
ATLANTA (AP) — Adam Duvall hit a two-run homer, Stephen Vogt's bases-loaded walk in the sixth forced in the go-ahead run and the Atlanta Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 in a matchup of second-place teams on Tuesday night.
ATLANTA (AP) — Drew Smyly knows his first season with the Atlanta Braves hasn't gone as smoothly as he thought it would.
After shutting down the St. Louis Cardinals, Smyly believes he's on the right track to better consistency.
ATLANTA (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals' game at the Atlanta Braves on Saturday was postponed because of rain.
The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader Sunday at 2:10 p.m. and 7:08 p.m.
BOSTON (AP) — Teoscar Hernández hit a pair of three-run homers over the Green Monster — two of Toronto’s eight longballs as the Blue Jays routed the Boston Red Sox 18-4 on Sunday.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Cavan Biggio, Rowdy Tellez and Marcus Semien also went deep for the Blue Jays, a day after they had five homers in a 7-2 victory.
MIAMI (AP) — For his 32nd birthday, Drew Smyly got the following: an early lead, a big day from Austin Riley and some nifty defense from Ehire Adrianza.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Austin Riley, Ronald Acuña Jr. and William Contreras each hit a solo homer, and the Atlanta Braves rallied to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-5 on Tuesday night.
Acuña also had a single, double and three RBIs as the reigning three-time NL East champion Braves evened their record at 29-29.
ATLANTA (AP) — Jon Lester wasn't worried about pitching on short rest. His strong outing was well-timed for a Washington team that again has lost Stephen Strasburg to an injury.
Lester gave Washington’s thin rotation a boost, Yan Gomes hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning and the Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 5-3 on Wednesday night.
BOSTON (AP) — Rafael Devers homered and drove in three runs, and the Boston Red Sox stopped Atlanta's four-game win streak with a 9-5 victory over the Braves on Wednesday night.
Hunter Renfroe also connected for Boston, and Christian Vázquez had three RBIs.
ATLANTA (AP) — Everything seems to be going right for Adam Frazier these days, so he's trying to keep his superstitions in check.
Whatever he's doing has worked thus far as the Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman leads the NL with 58 hits and has hit .386 in 83 at-bats with eight doubles in his last 20 games since April 28.
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Drew Smyly's previous start ended the way so many had recently — multiple homers, a loss for his Atlanta Braves — the left-hander looked at the calendar and took heart from realizing it was the last day of April...
Atlanta Braves (6-9) vs. Chicago Cubs (6-8)
Chicago; Sunday, 7:08 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Bryse Wilson (0-0, 0...
ATLANTA (AP) — Left-hander Drew Smyly became the first of the 181 free agents to switch teams when he agreed Monday to an $11 million, one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves, who bolstered a rotation that was depleted by injuries and disappointing performances.
Texas Rangers (5-3, second in the AL West) vs. Los Angeles Angels (2-6, fifth in the AL West)
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — For the first five innings, the Los Angeles Angels barely had a chance against Detroit's Drew Smyly.
After that, the Angels put together just enough offense and more than enough quality relief pitching to secure another gritty win.