ATLANTA, April 19 (UPI) -- Jeff Francoeur hit a three-run home run Wednesday to spearhead the Atlanta Braves' 8-6 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Kelly Johnson went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in, and Scott Thorman finished with a home run and two runs scored for the Braves, who have won three of their last four games.
Kyle Davies, who started for Atlanta but did not factor in the decision, was charged with four runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings of work. Oscar Villarreal (1-0) got the win despite blowing a save and giving up two runs in one inning of work.
Before the game, the Braves signed manager Bobby Cox to a one-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2008 season.