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hicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster wipes the sweat from his face during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

hicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster wipes the sweat from his face during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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CHICAGO (AP) — Jair Jurrjens pitched in and out of trouble for 6 1-3 innings, Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman homered and the Atlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0 Monday night for their fifth straight win.

Jurrjens (13-5) allowed eight hits and walked five. The Cubs stranded 11 runners in the first six innings.

Uggla’s two shots gave him 30 home runs for the fifth straight season. No other second baseman in major league history has reached 30 homers more than three times overall.

Jonny Venters walked the first two batters in the ninth, but got the last three outs for his fifth save.

Cubs starter Ryan Dempster (10-9) struck out eight over six innings but fell to 2-10 in his career against the Braves.

The Cubs benched Starlin Castro, a day after television cameras showed the 21-year-old shortstop not paying attention as a pitch was thrown during Sunday night’s loss to St. Louis.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)