ATLANTA (AP) — Marcell Ozuna homered in a four-run first inning, Huascar Ynoa pitched 5 1/3 strong innings and the Atlanta Braves went deep five times to beat the Chicago Cubs 10-0 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.
Ynoa added his first career homer in the fourth as Atlanta shut out the Cubs for the second straight night. Chicago has lost five in a row.
Freddie Freeman went 4 for 5 and hit his seventh homer in the sixth.
The Braves’ bats have woken up since they scuffled for just one hit while getting swept by Arizona in a doubleheader last Sunday.
“We knew it was going to turn,” Freeman said. “We know what kind of offense we have. It’s the same team we had from last year. We put up some pretty impressive numbers. It’s only a matter of time. We’ve been hitting balls hard. They’ve just been getting caught.”
In the first, Freeman singled before Ozuna’s second homer sailed 453 feet into the seats in left-center. Ozzie Albies followed with a double, and Austin Riley hit his third homer over the left-field fence.
Atlanta went up 6-0 in the second when Ynoa and Ronald Acuña Jr. singled and scored on Freeman’s double. Acuña scored on a headfirst slide after hesitating at third on the relay throw.
The first three homers came off Kyle Hendricks (1-3), who gave up seven runs and 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings. Hendricks’ ERA rose by nearly two runs per game to 7.54. He has allowed 10 homers in 22 2/3 innings this season.
Hendricks has given up seven first-inning homers, the second most of any season in his career. He allowed 10 homers in the first inning of 2018 — in 33 starts. He surrendered a career-high four homers in the first against the Braves during a 13-4 loss on April 17 at Wrigley Field and is 0-3 with a 12.00 ERA with nine homers allowed in his last…