The Atlanta Braves are having the type of road trip that's needed to win a division championship.
Atlanta's baseball club improved to 4-1 on its nine-game trip with a 3-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.
The win put the Braves back even with the young Washington Nationals, who lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Braves won with the bats in a three-game sweep and did it with pitching and some good old-fashioned Chipper Jones defense at third base on Tuesday.
The bullpen seemingly got off its Rocky Mountain low to hurl 4 23 innings of scoreless baseball at the storied corner of Clark and Addison, while Chipper continues to amaze in the season he turned 40.
Atlanta knew it wasn't going to get many runs off Ryan Dempster, who led the majors with a 0.95 ERA coming into this one. But the Cubs usually didn't score when Dempster was on the mound, and rookie hurler Randall Delgado was effective enough to keep the Braves in the game before Dan Uggla got to Kerry Wood.