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Braves pound Cubs

Yunel Escobar went 2-for-5 with five runs batted in, as the Atlanta Braves hammered the Chicago Cubs 16-5 on Monday.

Atlanta cashed as -125 home favorites, while the teams played OVER the 8.5-run total listed by oddsmakers.

Jason Heyward was 2-for-5 with a three-run homer and four RBIs for the Braves, as Derek Lowe gave up five runs over six innings to get the win for Atlanta.

Marlon Byrd hit a three-run bomb for Chicago, while Carlos Zambrano took the loss after getting ripped for eight runs over 1 1-3 innings for the Cubs.