Nobody expected 5-foot-9 Ozzie Albies to be among the major league home run leaders. Same with the Atlanta Braves' rise to the top of the NL East.
Albies hit a leadoff drive for his 13th homer, Jose Bautista connected for a three-run shot and the Braves held off Chicago 6-5 on Monday.
Julio Teheran pitched six innings and Tyler Flowers hit his first homer this season as NL-leading Atlanta (25-15) won for the sixth time in seven games. The Braves moved 10 games over .500 for the first time since July 28, 2014.
"The names aren't big — they're going to be big names in a couple years," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "They'll be more easily identifiable. They have some really great talent there. I'm a big fan."
The Cubs' Kris Bryant and Albert Almora Jr. each hit two-run homers.
Milwaukee 7, Arizona 2: Pinch-hitter Tyler Saladino dashed around the bases for an inside-the-park home run after center fielder A.J. Pollock was injured diving for the ball, lifting the Brewers over the slumping Diamondbacks in Phoenix.
Colorado 6, San Diego 4: Gerardo Parra's three-run homer in the sixth put the visiting Rockies ahead to stay.
San Francisco 10, Cincinnati 7: Brandon Belt doubled in a three-run sixth and homered in the eighth for the host Giants.
Detroit 6, Cleveland 3: Niko Goodrum, who went 1-for-17 in 11 games for the Twins late last season, homered twice and drove in five runs, leading the injury-plagued Tigers over beat Carlos Carrasco and the Indians in Detroit. Goodrum hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning and a three-run homer in the eighth.
Los Angeles 2, Houston 1: Justin Upton's go-ahead RBI single backed the four-hit pitching of Andrew Heaney, who struck out 10 in eight innings.
Oakland 6, Boston 5: Sean Manaea beat the host Red Sox again in his first outing against them since pitching a no-hitter, and Khris Davis hit one of three solo homers as the Athletics dealt Rick Porcello his first loss.
Tampa Bay 2, Kansas City 1: Adeiny Hechavarria danced around catcher Salvador Perez with an inventive slide at home plate to score the go-ahead run in the sixth inning for the Rays in Kansas City, Mo. Ryan Yarbrough allowed one run over five innings for Tampa Bay, and Matt Duffy had three hits and drove in both runs.