drove in five runs and
had five of the Cubs' 21 hits in a 15-6 rout of the Braves, who had won five straight games and 13 of their previous 14.
Alou matched his career high for RBI and Goodwin equaled his best for hits.
contributed four hits and scored four times and
homered and drove in four runs for the Cubs, who combined for just one run on Friday and Saturday against Florida.
"This game is puzzling sometimes," Goodwin said. "Hopefully, we can keep this offensive surge going."
"The last couple of days, we've played very well," added Sosa, who went 3-for-4 and scored three times. "We've done everything we're supposed to do. Hopefully, we can keep going the same way."
Chicago took the lead for good, 6-5, on a two-run homer by
that chased starter
(7-5) with one out in the fifth inning. Alou extended the advantage to 9-5 with a two-run double in the sixth, made it 12-5 with an RBI single in the seventh and capped the Cubs' scoring one inning later with a two-run single.
"It was my job to go out there in the fifth, shut it down and get those guys back in here to score some runs," Reynolds said. "I didn't do that."
"That was huge," Cubs manager
said. "You come in there and you have those guys coming up, those are some big hitters coming up there to get out of that situation, and that was big. You look back and see all the hitting and see all the offense, but you've got to see the job that Veres did to put us in the position."
"We scored runs the next inning and that was nice," Veres said. "It gets them on the defensive and our offense kept battling back. We had the lead, we gave it up. They got a lead, we battled back. It's nice for the offense not to shut down and they kept on pushing."
Sosa smacked a three-run homer, his 20th, in the first inning, then made it 4-0 with an RBI single in the second.
"I think that was a good sign for the whole team," Sosa said of his homer. "The first inning, we knew we could hit today. We know the Braves are a very hot team and you cannot give any chances to those guys."
Atlanta pulled within 4-3 in the bottom of the second on back-to-back homers by
, tied it in the third on a leadoff blast by Giles and took its only lead one out later on an RBI double by
Lopez also homered leading off the eighth against former Brave
. It was his seventh multi-homer game of the season and the 19th of his career.
Estes gave up five runs and seven hits in just three-plus innings.
"He was up in the zone and unless you have some tremendous, high-octane gas, these Braves are going to hit you out of the ballpark," Baker said of Estes. "This isn't an easy ballpark to hit it out of, but they made it look easy."
Reynolds was charged with six runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings.
"Nobody ever wants to be a part of something like this," he said. "It was awful."