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Cubs swept in Atlanta

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  • The Cubs' Nate Schierholtz (19) is tagged out by Atlanta Braves second baseman Tyler Pastornicky while trying to steal second base in the second inning of a baseball game on Sunday, May 11, 2014, in Atlanta.

      The Cubs' Nate Schierholtz (19) is tagged out by Atlanta Braves second baseman Tyler Pastornicky while trying to steal second base in the second inning of a baseball game on Sunday, May 11, 2014, in Atlanta.
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ATLANTA -- Evan Gattis hit a tiebreaking homer, Jason Heyward added a two-run shot and the Atlanta Braves beat the Cubs 5-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Gattis gave Atlanta a 3-2 lead with his homer off Edwin Jackson in the fourth inning. Heyward added to the lead with his first home run since April 9, a seventh-inning drive off James Russell that landed in the Braves' bullpen beyond the right-field wall.

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Aaron Harang (4-3) gave up two runs on six hits and two walks in six innings. He had nine strikeouts. He is one win shy of matching his 2013 total in 26 starts combined with Seattle and the Mets.

Jackson (2-3) allowed three runs on six hits and two walks in six innings.

David Carpenter pitched the ninth for his second save. B.J. Upton made a sliding catch of Ryan Kalish's short fly in center field to end it.

Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel was rested after pitching two straight days.

The NL East-leading Braves have recovered from seven straight losses by winning four of five. The Cubs, last in the NL Central, have dropped seven of eight.

Harang has allowed more than two earned runs in only one of his eight starts nine runs in a 9-3 loss at Miami on April 30.

Ryan Doumit had a run-scoring single and Andrelton Simmons drove in a run with a double to give Atlanta a 2-0 lead in the second.

The Cubs tied it in the fourth. Nate Schierholtz's double drove in Anthony Rizzo, who led off with a walk, and Starlin Castro, who doubled. Harang recovered with three straight strikeouts to end the inning.

The Braves quickly reclaimed the lead when Gattis hit his eighth homer over the 380-foot sign in left field.

Jackson allowed only one homer in his first seven starts.

Dan Uggla was hit by a pitch from Russell as a pinch-hitter to lead off the seventh. Uggla scored on Heyward's third homer.

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