Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester rebounds from worst start to beat Atlanta Braves

ATLANTA — Jon Lester tried to forget his most recent start, but it wasn’t so easy.

The veteran left-hander admitted it bothered him to think about how he was knocked around as he never had been in his career.

Lester bounced back to throw seven strong innings on Monday, helping the Chicago Cubs win their fourth consecutive game, a 4-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park.

Lester (6-6) showed none of the issues that plagued him in his previous outing, when he was tagged for 10 runs in two-thirds of an inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 9.

“The long layoff let it kind of fester and think about that for a while,” he said.

He threw 102 pitches on Monday and allowed one run on three hits with one walk and six strikeouts. Lester retired the last 10 batters he faced.

“There have been some things the past couple of starts that haven’t felt right,” Lester said. “I don’t know if it was the break or what, but I was just able to get my body to repeat a little better tonight. Stuff had a little more crispness to it than the last start.”

Lester also contributed on offense with a double, a walk and the first stolen base of his career.

Koji Uehara worked a scoreless eighth, but the Braves rallied to scored twice in the ninth against closer Wade Davis. Atlanta had the bases loaded before Davis retired Johan Camargo on a soft fly to left to end the game and earn his 18th save.

“I’ve probably had two or three this year where I’m like I don’t know where anything is going,” Davis said. “With the outcome that the team wins, I’m not even upset. We just had to scratch and get out of it somehow.”

The Braves provided plenty of theatrics in the final inning. Davis allowed three hits and two walks before facing off against Camargo, a rookie who entered the game batting .333. Davis finally retired Camargo on a 2-2 pitch that landed in the glove of left fielder Ben Zobrist.

“It was like a playoff game almost with the energy in the stadium,” Atlanta manager…

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