Mistakes don't stand in the way of win

ATLANTA -- Somehow the Chicago Cubs managed to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-5 on Sunday despite making four errors, allowing four stolen bases and striking out 18 times.

But all that’s a part of the Cubs’ latest winning streak, where they’ve managed to win four straight series for the first time in almost three years.

On Sunday, the North siders bailed out starting pitcher Matt Garza, who gave up four runs (two earned) in five innings and made an error that led to the Braves’ first run in the first inning.

“We made a lot of mistakes,” Garza said. “I had an easy, routine double play to myself and I just launched it into centerfield. You have to be accountable for that.”

The Cubs spotted Atlanta four early runs, but they were able to come back with four runs in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh on Carlos Pena's two-run home run as they impressively continue to win even in poorly played games.

“Both clubs made plenty of mistakes, but we were able to overcome that,” Cubs manager Mike Quade said. “We struck out 18 times. But you can’t hit into a double play when you strike out.”

Quade’s current problem might be available bullpen pitchers. He has gone to the bullpen for four innings in three straight games. The Cubs will most likely call up a reliever from Triple-A Iowa before Monday’s series begins in Houston.

“I’d have to think that a pitcher will be in Houston for us,” Quade said.

Although the Cubs made two errors and Atlanta allowed two Cubs runs on wild pitches, defense played a pivotal part in the victory for the Cubs.

Second baseman Darwin Barney's great catch on a sinking line drive to right field stopped Dan Uggla's hitting streak at 33 games.

Barney chipped in seven hits during the Cubs’ last two wins.

“I think pitching and defense are the reasons for our recent streak,” Barney said. “The pitching staff has done a great job. Garza struggled, but he kept us in the game. He kept making pitches.”

The Cubs have won 11 of their last 14 as they head into Houston for a three-game series beginning on Monday.