Cubs beat Braves; Kotsay hits for cycle

From the Associated Press

ATLANTA -- A brief benches-clearing skirmish and the second cycle in Atlanta history couldn’t stop the Chicago Cubs from completing their first season sweep of the Braves.

Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano hit home runs and the Cubs beat Atlanta, 11-7, on Thursday night, giving Chicago a sweep of the six-game series for the first time since the rivalry between the franchises began in 1876.

Mark Kotsay went five for five and joined Albert Hall as the only Atlanta players to single, double, triple and homer in the same game.


Kotsay drove in a run with a second-inning triple, homered off Chicago starter Ted Lilly in the fourth and added singles in the sixth off Lilly and the ninth off Kerry Wood. Kotsay’s seventh-inning double off reliever Bob Howry was his 1,500th career hit.

Braves left-hander Tom Glavine (2-4) gave up seven hits and seven runs in four innings in his first start since June 10.