ATLANTA (AP) — Bud Norris is determined to stay in Atlanta's rotation.
He made a good case with a dominant win over baseball's best team.
Norris pitched seven strong innings, Adonis Garcia and Tyler Flowers hit home runs and the Atlanta Braves beat Jason Hammel and the Chicago Cubs 5-1 on Friday night.
Making his second start since returning to the rotation, Norris (2-7) allowed one run on four hits and no walks with six strikeouts. He gave up only one hit in his last four innings.
The quality start was no surprise to Cubs manager Joe Maddon.
"I mean, the guy just pitches really well whenever I've seen him," Maddon said. "I've not seen him pitch poorly, ever, I don't think. He should actually paste my picture underneath the bill of his hat."
Braves interim manager Brian Snitker said Norris "was great" and will receive at least one more start.
Norris lost his spot in the rotation in late April. He made 12 relief appearances before returning to a starting role when Mike Foltynewicz was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 4 with right elbow soreness.
Norris said he used his time in the bullpen to sharpen his mechanics.
"I'm happy with the time I spent down there to help the club, but obviously this is where I want to be and this is where I feel I can help the most," Norris said.
Garcia and Flowers gave the weak-hitting Braves back-to-back homers for the first time this season. Garcia's homer off Hammel (7-2) with one out in the second inning barely cleared the center-field wall. Flowers followed with a homer high over the left-field wall for a 2-0 lead.
The two homers lifted the Braves' meager total to 25, easily the fewest in the majors.
The Cubs were without first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who was removed from the lineup due to tightness in his back. Manager Joe Maddon said Rizzo's status is "absolutely day to day."
Jim Johnson pitched a perfect eighth. Arodys Vizcaino got the final three outs, two on strikeouts, for his eighth save.
Albert Almora Jr. doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Dexter Fowler's groundout in the third inning for the Cubs' only run.
Hammel allowed three runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.