The Atlanta Braves created history Saturday night at Turner Field. B.J. Upton hit a game-tying home run in the ninth, followed by Justin Upton hitting a walk-off shot two batters later to cap off a 6-5 win over the Chicago Cubs.
It was the first time a pair of brothers had hit game-tying and game-winning homers in the same inning in Major League history.
Down by a run entering the bottom of the ninth, struggling Cubs closer Carlos Marmol gave up a lead-off homer to B.J. Upton. Two batters later, it was Justin Upton hitting his second home run of the night that sent the Braves home winners.
It took an eighth-inning, three-run rally off Kyuji Fujikawa to put the Braves in position for that to happen in the first place. Justin Upton started the inning with a double, which was followed by singles by Freddie Freeman and Dan Uggla. Ramiro Pena cut the Cubs' lead to 5-4 before Reed Johnson bounced into an inning-ending double play.
The late Braves rally erased a forgettable start by Julio Teheran, who entered having thrown up a 1.04 ERA in Spring Training. The Cubs roughed him up to the tune of five runs over five innings though, and two of the eight hits he gave up were home runs.
B.J. Upton's night – including a walk, single and homer – demolished the 0-for-16 streak that started his Braves career.
Justin Upton, meanwhile, set a new Braves record with five homers in his first five games as a Brave. The previous record was four by Fred McGriff in 1993, though Upton didn't need to set the stadium on fire.
The Braves will look to finish off the sweep of the Cubs on Sunday at 1:35 p.m.
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