ATLANTA — Chicago Cubs manager David Ross believes balanced contributions are making his lineup look deep.
Willson Contreras and Patrick Wisdom took their turns as the team's biggest hitters Wednesday night.
Contreras gave the Cubs the lead with a run-scoring double in the 10th inning, and Wisdom followed with a two-run homer in a 6-3 win against the Atlanta Braves.
"Up and down the lineup, I don't think it's been one guy," said Ross, the former Cubs catcher in his third season as manager. "I think everybody contributes down the lineup for us."
Contreras lined his double to the wall in left field off Tyler Matzek (0-1) to drive in automatic runner Ian Happ. After Frank Schwindel struck out, Wisdom launched a drive into the left-center seats for his third homer of the season.
The Cubs recovered after right-hander Mychal Givens blew a 3-1 lead in the eighth. With two outs, Givens loaded the bases on two singles and a walk. Atlanta shortstop Dansby Swanson tied the game with a two-run single to right.
David Robertson (1-0) ended the eighth on Ozzie Albies' groundout and struck out the side in the ninth. Rowan Wick pitched a perfect 10th for his first save of the year.
Cubs rookie Seiya Suzuki had two hits, including a run-scoring double off Atlanta starter Charlie Morton in a two-run third inning.
Chicago right-hander Keegan Thompson entered the game with a streak of four consecutive scoreless relief appearances, each lasting at least 2 2/3 innings. Thompson added two more scoreless innings in relief of Mark Leiter Jr. before giving up his first run of the season on Travis d'Arnaud's run-scoring single in the fifth.
Morton struggled with his control and was pulled with one out in the third. He allowed three runs on four hits and four walks as his ERA increased to 7.00.
"I think it's the same theme," Morton said. "Falling behind guys, and when I get ahead, I don't put guys away."
Leiter was removed after two scoreless innings. The Braves loaded the bases in the second, but Leiter escaped on Albies' grounder to the mound. Ross acknowledged he entered the game planning to "get six to nine outs" from Leiter, who said he wants to be trusted for longer starts.
"I feel good," Leiter said. "I feel ready to go 100 pitches or whatever is needed. But it was good to get the team win."
Matt Olson lined a one-out double to the right-field corner off Leiter in the first inning. The exit velocity on the liner was 116.8 mph — setting a high mark for Olson's career, according to MLB Statcast.
Chicago bounced back from a 3-1 loss in Tuesday's series opener. The Braves are the reigning World Series champions but have yet to win a series this season; they'll get another chance in Thursday night's series finale.
Cubs left-hander Drew Smyly (1-1, 2.45 ERA) will face his former teammates and Atlanta will counter with right-hander Kyle Wright (2-0, 1.06), who has allowed two runs over 17 innings in his first three starts of the year with 26 strikeouts and two walks.
On the injury recovery front, Atlanta outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. (right knee) was 2-for-5 on Wednesday night and is scheduled to play nine innings Thursday in his rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett. Acuña, hitting .368 with three stolen bases with Gwinnett, could beat his projected May 6 return to Atlanta by a few days.
Also, Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said the laser procedure to correct outfielder Eddie Rosario's blurred vision and swelling in his right eye "went as they anticipated" on Wednesday.