ATLANTA, July 4 (UPI) -- Javy Lopez doubled home Chipper Jones with the tie-breaking run with one out in the seventh Thursday night, boosting the Atlanta Braves past the Chicago Cubs, 5-1.
The Braves had done little against Cubs rookie starter Mark Prior before taking the lead. Through six innings, the righthander limited Atlanta to one run and two hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out five.
But Prior (2-2), who had retired 15 of 17 batters from the second through sixth innings, ran into trouble when Jones led off with a double. After Andruw Jones was hit by a pitch, Lopez laced a double to right-center field.
The Cubs had at least one runner on base in each of the first five innings against Atlanta starter Jason Marquis, but could not cash in.
Chicago scored its lone run in the third on Sammy Sosa's groundout. But they stranded two in the first and one in each of of the next four innings.
Marquis was relieved by Mike Remlinger after issuing walks to Todd Hundley and Prior. Remlinger (6-0) surrendered Bill Mueller's infield single, but struck out Sosa with the bases loaded to end the inning.
Sosa walked, which gave the Cubs a chance with the bases loaded for the third straight inning. But Smoltz struck out Chris Stynes and induced Joe Girardi to bounce into a double play for his 29th save in 32 chances.
Chicago left 13 on in the game, two shy of its season high.