2-for-1, twice! Contreras, Bryant blast off

CHICAGO — Willson Contreras was not putting a finger to his lips and shushing anyone on Saturday. No, the Cubs catcher was welcoming the noise at Wrigley Field that his bat was creating.

And the Cubs finally made a lot of noise.

Contreras launched a home run in each of his first two plate appearances against the Braves, igniting an offensive outburst that paved the way for a 13-4 rout. Kris Bryant also cleared the Friendly Confines’ fence twice in the kind of team-wide offensive breakout Chicago had been craving over the season’s first two-plus weeks.

“He seems to be very passionate right now,” Bryant said of Contreras. “And that’s saying something, because Willson’s always passionate. It’s just really fun to see him go out there and just care so much and have some success, too.”

The Cubs set season highs in runs scored, hits (14), extra-base hits (nine) and home runs (six), following a six-game stretch in which they crossed the plate 11 times total. Javier Báez and David Bote also homered for the North Siders, but it was Contreras who got the afternoon rolling.

Chicago’s previous season single-game bests were five runs scored, 11 hits, five extra-base hits and three home runs.

“These guys have put in the work,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “Today was definitely a positive, and a nice little, ‘OK, relax.’ We got home runs. We got doubles. We got guys hitting the ball…

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