ATLANTA — Jake Arrieta allowed only four hits in seven strong innings and, backed by four homers, made an impressive return to winning form as the Chicago Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves 8-2 on Saturday.
Arrieta (10-1) allowed two runs in his answer to his first loss of the season. He also had two hits as the Cubs’ offense rolled after being held to four hits in a 5-1 loss to Atlanta on Friday night.
Miguel Montero hit a three-run homer, Kris Bryant hit a two-run shot and Jason Heyward and Anthony Rizzo also hit homers. Heyward had three hits.
Rizzo returned after sitting Friday night with tightness in his back.
The Cubs (42-18) own baseball’s best record and have won 13 of 17. They have 22 wins by five or more runs and improved to 38-2 when scoring at least four runs.
Matt Wisler (2-7) allowed five runs on seven hits, including three homers, in four innings.