CHICAGO: Kyle Wright plunked four Cubs batters but still left with the lead after a last-minute call-up, Will Smith stranded the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Atlanta Braves escaped with a bizarre 5-2 win Friday over Chicago.
Wright was recalled from the clubs alternate site to replace Drew Smyly, who was scratched and placed on the 10-day injured list with left forearm inflammation Friday morning. Wright hit four batters, including Javier Bez twice, but limited Chicago to two runs and three hits over 4 1/3 innings. He also doubled for his first career hit.
Four relievers, including winner Josh Tomlin (2-0), kept the Cubs scoreless until Smith entered for the ninth. Atlantas closer walked the bases loaded with two outs before striking out Joc Pederson to cap his third save in three tries.
Willson Contreras homered off Wright as the Cubs lost their second straight and fifth of six.
The Braves took the lead for good with a three-run fourth highlighted by Ronald Acua Jr.s two-run single. Marcell Ozuna added three hits and an RBI for Atlanta, which has won two straight since ending a four-game skid.
The first four runs came off Chicago starter Zach Davies (1-2), who was making his first outing since giving up five earned runs in fewer than two innings in an April 10 loss at Pittsburgh.
Cubs manager David Ross served a one-game suspension handed down a day earlier by Major League Baseball. The manager, game-planning coach Mike Borzello and reliever Ryan Tepera were suspended and fined after Tepera threw behind Milwaukees Brandon Woodruff in a win Tuesday.
Tepera, given a three-game punishment, is appealing the ruling and remained on the active roster Friday. His throw came after Contreras was hit by a Brewers pitcher for the third time this season.
Ross said before the game he might watch from a box at the park or enjoy the game and pizza at home with his family. Borzello also served his one-game ban Friday.
The Cubs were hit by pitches and MLB-high 52 times last season and entered Friday tied for fourth this year with nine.
Braves: Manager Brian Snitker hopes Smyly will only miss one start. … OF Ender Inciarte left the game after suffering a left hamstring injury while running the bases in the fourth. Ozzie Albies left in the top of the ninth after being struck by a pitch on the right leg by Cubs reliever Justin Steele. … Atlanta also recalled infielder Johan Camargo before the game to fill the open spot left after it optioned LHP Tucker Davidson to Gwinnett on Thursday.
Cubs: Ross said RHP Kyle Hendricks should be ready to start on Sunday. Hendricks was scratched from his start Tuesday after feeling ill, but a coronavirus test was negative. … The club activated infielder Matt Duffy from the coronavirus-related injury list and returned infielder Ildemaro Vargas to its alternate site in South Bend, Indiana, before the game. Duffy had been on the list since Tuesday.
Atlantas Huascar Ynoa (0-0, 0.75) faces fellow right-hander Trevor Williams (1-1, 6.75) on Saturday.