Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Trying to wrap up their first division title in eight years, the Braves scored four runs in the ninth inning Friday afternoon to top the Cubs, 9-5.
Their part out of the way, the Braves now wait to see if the Marlins can beat the Nationals later Friday. That would clinch the Braves their first NL East crown since 2005, when they won the last of their record-setting 14 straight division titles.
Brian McCann and Chris Johnson hit RBI singles and Andrelton Simmons added a two-run double during Atlanta's ninth-inning rally, all off Kevin Gregg (2-5).
Earlier, Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer and Johnson a solo shot as the Braves built an early 4-0 lead.
The Cubs got solo homers from Starlin Castro, Donnie Murphy and Dioner Navarro but used eight pitchers in the opener of the three-game series.
The Braves used six pitchers, with David Carpenter (4-1) throwing a perfect eighth inning for the win.