CHICAGO — — Ian Anderson and the Atlanta Braves are heading home after a successful road trip.
All they want is more of the same.
“Hopefully we’re as warm as the weather there,” said a smiling Anderson. “It’ll be hot.”
Anderson threw three hits in the seventh inning, Matt Olson hit a career-high three doubles, and Atlanta beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 on Sunday, collecting the finale of their weekend series.
Travis d’Arnaud and Michael Harris II dominated 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 on a 14-game winning streak, were 21-8 in 29 straight games against teams that were under .500 at game time.
“It’s easy to say you should beat these teams, but, man, you’re a hit every night,” manager Brian Snitker said. “So it’s good when you can.”
Anderson (6-3) struck out six and walked two in a season-high 6 2/3 inning, capping a 4-2 road trip for Atlanta. The right-hander improved to 3-0 with a 4.37 ERA in four starts in June.
“We lost the first two here, so it was a big priority to try to do that 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 have dropped to 3-12 in their last 15 games.
While Anderson crossed 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.
“I have to go back and watch, but a lot of the replays felt like mid-zone stuff,” manager David Ross said. “Just running back. Trying to get in, pulling him in the middle. Trying to get in, pulling him in the middle.
With two outs and Dansby Swanson on board in the first, Hendricks walked Olson before d’Arnaud reached Waveland Avenue with a 433-foot drive left for a three-run homer.
Harris led the fifth with his third home run, and back-to-back doubles from Swanson, Austin Riley and Olson made it 6-0 with one out. Olson’s hit also chased away Hendricks, who is winless in his last six starts.
“I know he wants to be as consistent as possible and he works for sure,” Ross said. “Right now, repeating that from exit to exit is just a bit difficult.”
Olson leads the majors with 27 doubles in 67 games in his first season with the Braves.
“He had a really good streak,” Snitker said.
Chicago charged in the eighth against Jesse Chavez, but AJ Minter escaped the jam by retiring Patrick Wisdom on a right flyball.
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Adrian Sampson hit 4 2/3 innings in relief for Hendricks. He struck out five and walked none.
“He was on cruise control the whole time,” Ross said.
Cubs: OF Seiya Suzuki (sprained left ring finger) is scheduled to travel to Arizona on Monday to continue his rehabilitation at the team’s spring training facility. … RHP Marcus Stroman (shoulder inflammation) threw 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.
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 Game 1 of a four-game series at Pittsburgh. RHP JT Brubaker (0-7, 4.50 ERA) throws for the Pirates.
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