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Sunday, April 7th (All times Eastern)

Chicago Cubs (2-3) at Atlanta Braves (4-1), 1:35 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Jeff Samardzija (1-0, 0.00) Atlanta - Tim Hudson (0-0, 6.23)

(Sports Network) - The Upton brothers are quickly becoming an excitable pair for the Atlanta Braves.

Last night, B.J. Upton homered off Carlos Marmol to tie the contest, and brother Justin crushed his second homer of the game two batters later to cap a ninth-inning comeback and give the Braves a 6-5 win over the Chicago Cubs

B.J. Upton was having a rough start to his Braves career, coming into the contest 0-for-14 with nine strikeouts. However, he broke out of the slump on Saturday with two hits, and his game-tying homer set the stage for brother Justin's game winner.

"I mean it was just a great team effort," said B.J. Upton. "We're down late in the game and we stayed in it, piece together that eighth inning and came back and got it done in the ninth."

Atlanta, which rallied from a 5-1 eighth-inning deficit, will send Tim Hudson to the mound Sunday afternoon in an attempt for a weekend sweep. The right- hander allowed six hits and three runs over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision to the Phillies on Monday. Hudson is 2-1 with a 3.44 ERA in six career games against the Cubs.

Jeff Samardzija, who was spectacular in Chicago's season-opening win at Pittsburgh Monday, counters for the Cubs. The righty fanned nine and gave up just two hits in eight shutout innings versus the Pirates. He's 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA in eight games (2 starts) against the Braes.

In Saturday's game, Eric O'Flaherty (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless top of the ninth.

Marmol (0-1) recorded just a single out in the ninth.

"It's tough. I've been through it," said Cubs starter Carlos Villanueva, who was in line for the win before Marmol blew the save. "I just hope he (Marmol) understands that we've only had five games."

The Cubs won four of seven games against Atlanta last season. The Braves will try for their first three-game sweep of the Cubs since May 26-28, 2006 at Wrigley Field.

04/07 10:17:43 ET

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  • Canes head coach Kirk Muller presser

    Today at 11:00 am on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
7:05pm Tuesday
PHI 0
ATL 0
7:05pm Tuesday
NYY 0
CHC 0
7:05pm Tuesday
BAL 0
TAM 0
7:08pm Tuesday
DET 0
CLE 0
Final
CIN 7
PIT 5
Final
MIA 11
WAS 2
Final
TEX 5
SEA 0
Final
CWS 2
BOS 1
Final
HOU 2
KAN 4
Final
MIL 1
STL 6
Final
MIN 3
TOR 9
Final
ARI 0
NYM 9
Final
ANA 9
OAK 10
Final
SDP 2
COL 3
Final
SFG 3
LOS 2
12:35pm Today
CIN
PIT
12:35pm Today
BAL
TAM
 
1:05pm Today
NYY
CHC
 
1:10pm Today
MIL
STL
 
3:40pm Today
ARI
NYM
 
7:05pm Tonight
PHI
ATL
 
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
CHC
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CLE
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
SEA
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
 
Final
BRK 98
NYK 109
Final
LAC 117
DEN 105
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
IND
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIL
ATL
 
8:00pm Tonight
CLE
BRK
 
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
DAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
DET
 
8:00pm Tonight
NOP
HOU
 
8:00pm Tonight
SAN
LAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIA
PHI
 
8:00pm Tonight
NYK
TOR
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
UTA
 
8:00pm Tonight
BOS
WAS
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
 
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
 
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
 
7:00pm Tonight
TAM
MON
7:30pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR