Rapid Reaction: Braves 6, Cubs 5


ATLANTA -- Here's a quick look at the Cubs' 6-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday:

How it happened: The bullpen blew up on the Cubs in the eighth and ninth innings as Kyuji Fujikawa and Carlos Marmol combined to give up five runs. B.J. Upton homered to lead off the ninth to tie the score at 5-all, then a couple of batters later, Justin Upton ended it with his second home run of the night. The Cubs were up 5-1 with the bases loaded and no one out in the eighth inning but lost the game.

What it means: The end of games have been an adventure, and this time it wasn't just Marmol. Fujikawa had little as well, but Marmol had less. The ending takes away from a great night for starter Carlos Villanueva and the Cubs' offense, the latter of which produced 13 hits, three off their season total.

What's next: The Cubs try to avoid the sweep Sunday when Jeff Samardzija takes the mound.