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Braves Beat Cubs 4-1

Last updated on Thursday, July 9, 2009

(CHICAGO, IL) - Kenshin Kawakami allowed four hits over six innings and Casey Kotchman hit a solo home run as the Atlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1.

Martin Prado gave Atlanta the early lead with an RBI single in the third before Kotchman's shot off Cubs starter Kevin Hart in the sixth made it 2-0.

Kosuke Fukudome cut the Chicago deficit to one with a solo homer of his own off kawakami in the sixth, but a fielding error by Fukudome on a Prado single in the ninth allowed Nate McLouth to score from first base.

The Braves final run came when Prado scored on a wild pitch by Chicago's Kevin Gregg.

The Braves took two of three in the series with Kawakami improving to 5 and 6 and hart falling to 0 and 1.

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