Atlanta right fielder Jason Heyward, left, greets third baseman Chris Johnson after scoring against the Chicago Cubs during the second inning at Wrigley Field on Sunday. (Reuters)
CHICAGO — Julio Teheran showed resiliency while Chris Johnson turned on the power again Sunday for the Atlanta Braves.
Teheran bounced back from last week’s poor outing in New York to throw seven mostly strong innings as the Braves earned a 10-7 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Atlanta took two of three in the weekend series.
Johnson, the Braves’ third baseman, went 3-for-4 and clubbed his third home run in two days, helping Atlanta jump to a 7-0 lead in the third inning.
Teheran, who took a shutout into the sixth inning, wound up allowing four runs in seven innings.
“When you go out there 30-plus times every year, you’re going to have a couple of bad ones, but (Teheran) always seems to bounce back,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “And (Johnson’s) going to find a place to play during the All-Star break. You never want to stop playing when you’re going like this.”
The Braves (52-43) entered the break sharing the National League East lead with the Washington Nationals. The last-place Cubs (40-54) fell 12 games behind the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers.
Johnson, who hit two homers Saturday in the Braves’ 11-6 victory, slammed a three-run shot to center in the third inning Sunday.
Right-hander Craig Kimbrel worked a scoreless ninth for the 29th save.
Cubs left-hander Travis Wood (7-8) pitch six innings, allowing seven hits and seven runs. He walked three and struck out four.
The Braves jumped on Wood for three runs in the second.
Catcher Gerald Laird doubled home right fielder Jason Heyward and Johnson with one out for a 2-0 lead. Teheran pushed second baseman Tommy La Stella home with a groundout to third.
Atlanta added four more runs in the fourth as Heyward singled to right to score shortstop Andrelton Simmons.
Johnson then went deep to drive home left fielder Justin Upton and Heyward to make it 7-0.
Teheran (9-6) lost his shutout in the sixth when second baseman Arismendy Alcantara hit his first major league home run — a two-run shot to right that also scored left fielder Chris Coghlan — to cut the Braves’ lead to 7-2.
In the Atlanta seventh, La Stella lined a three-run double to center with two out off left-handed reliever Zac Rosscup to open a 10-2 lead.
“Rosscup hadn’t given up a hit to a left-hander this year, and (La Stella) did a nice job with a bases-clearing double,” Gonzalez said.
Teheran gave up another two-run homer in the seventh as Coghlan hit his fifth of the season to right field, cutting the deficit to 10-4.
Teheran was pulled for a pinch hitter to start the eighth. He gave up seven hits, struck out six and walked two.
Braves left-handed reliever Luis Avilan loaded the bases and departed with no outs in the eighth. The Cubs went on the score three times, including catcher John Baker’s two-out double off right-handed reliever Jordan Walden that trimmed Atlanta’s lead to 10-7.
“It’s a positive sign when you keep grinding and get runs back, especially after our start,” Baker said. “We gave up seven runs in the first three innings and then we ended up scoring seven. So we did our best to be able to come back.”
La Stella had three hits, and Justin Upton and Heyward added two apiece. Johnson, scored three times, leads the league with a .439 average against left-handed pitching.
Coghlan, Alcantara and Baker each had two hits for the Cubs.
NOTES: There will be no break for Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, who will be on hand in Minnesota as a National League coach during this week’s All-Star festivities. … RHP Ervin Santana (7-6, 4.01 ERA) gets the call Friday when the Braves restart the season at home against the Philadelphia Phillies to open an 11-game home stand. … INF Phil Gosselin joined the Braves after his contract was purchased from Triple-A Gwinnett. He was hitting a team-leading .345 with 27 doubles and 171 total bases. … Cubs manager Rick Renteria plans to take some time off during the All-Star break. “I’m not going home. I’m going to stay here, but I’m going to try and take a step back a little bit.” … When the Cubs return, the post-break pitching rotation starts with RHP Edwin Jackson on Friday at Arizona. … Rehabbing UT Emilio Bonifacio went a combined 3-for-6 in his first two rehab games for the Cubs’ rookie-level Arizona League affiliate.
… Chicago SS Starlin Castro played in his 700th career game. … Chicago LF Chris Coghlan, who went 2-for-4 Sunday, is 20-for-46 (.435) with eight doubles, three homers and 12 RBIs in 13 July games.