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Upton, Francisco power Braves past Cubs 4-1

Published: Friday, April 5 2013 10:11 p.m. MDT

Atlanta Braves runner Andrelton Simmons, right, slides safely into second under the tag of Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro in the fourth inning of their baseball game, Friday, April 5, 2013, in Atlanta.  (Butch Dill, Associated Press) Atlanta Braves runner Andrelton Simmons, right, slides safely into second under the tag of Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro in the fourth inning of their baseball game, Friday, April 5, 2013, in Atlanta. (Butch Dill, Associated Press)

ATLANTA — Justin Upton hit his third homer in four games and Mike Minor pitched into the eighth inning to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 on Friday night.

Juan Francisco had a two-run single and Minor (1-0) won his first start of the season, allowing one run and five hits in 7 1-3 innings. He walked none and struck out seven.

After Eric O'Flaherty got the last two outs in the eighth, Craig Kimbrel earned his second save by retiring Luis Valbuena on a groundout, striking out pinch-hitter David DeJesus and getting Starlin Castro to fly out.

Making his Cubs debut, Scott Feldman (0-1) threw two wild pitches, hit a batter and had a fielding error in the fourth when he missed the bag in an attempt to cover first base.

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