Braves 6, Cubs 5: Upton brothers homer in ninth for Braves win

2013-04-07T00:00:00Z Braves 6, Cubs 5: Upton brothers homer in ninth for Braves winThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

ATLANTA - B.J. and Justin Upton never had the nerve to imagine an ending like the one they provided Saturday night - not even after they both moved to the Braves this offseason.

One brother homers to tie it in the ninth. The other homers to win it.

"We'd never dreamed of being on the same team, much less coming out here and doing that," B.J. Upton said. "It's exciting."

B.J. led off the ninth inning with a homer, and Justin followed one out later with another long ball that lifted the Braves past Cubs closer Carlos Marmol for a 6-5 victory.

Justin went 3 for 5 with two RBIs. He also homered in the first and has five homers in Atlanta's first five games.

To have mother Yvonne and father Manny Upton in town all week and at the game for the brothers' heroics only made the night more special.

"Ah, man, I think right now, in my mind, it's No. 1," Justin Upton said. "It was exhilarating out there. We had a great time with it."

For B.J. Upton, the first week had been tough at the plate. He was 0 for 16 with nine strikeouts before his two-out infield single chased Cubs starter Carlos Villanueva in the seventh.

Feeling less pressure as he faced Marmol on a 3-1 count, B.J. Upton crushed the fifth fastball he saw into the left field seats.

"I know it's there, but to get that first one out of the way, it's kind of the monkey off the back," he said. "Hopefully things will get rolling here."

The Braves rallied from a 5-1 deficit with three runs in the eighth off Kyuji Fujikawa and two in the ninth off Marmol.

Justin Upton's solo shot in the first inning made it 1-all. He followed with leadoff double in the eighth and scored the first of three Atlanta runs that cut the lead to 5-4.

Marmol's blown save wasted what would have been a victory for Villanueva.

The Cubs had taken a 5-1 lead on Nate Schierholtz's RBI single, Anthony Rizzo's two-run homer, Luis Valbuena's solo shot and Wellington Castillo's RBI single.

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