Kawakami pitches Braves past Cubs

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CHICAGO (AP) - Kenshin Kawakami shut down the Chicago Cubs for
six innings and shortstop Yunel Escobar made a run-saving defensive
play in the eighth, helping preserve the Atlanta Braves' 4-1
victory Wednesday.

Casey Kotchman homered for the Braves, who won a road series for
the first time in nearly two months. After going 0-6 against the
Cubs in 2008, Atlanta won this season's series 4-2.

With a runner on second base and reliever Mike Gonzalez trying
to protect Atlanta's 2-1 eighth-inning lead, Kosuke Fukudome hit a
line drive up the middle. Escobar, who turned in several
outstanding plays in the series, made a full-out dive and caught
the ball to keep the tying run from scoring.