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day on Thursday. It was going to be a respite before a nine-day road trip against three potential playoff teams. But an early-season rainout has changed that plan and created a one-game stop in Atlanta before the lengthy swing. The Cubs will play the National League East-leading Atlanta Braves on Thursday in a makeup of a game that was rained out on May 17.Chicago will send left-hander Mike Montgomery (4-4 Bob Feller Jersey , 3.62 ERA) to the mound to oppose Atlanta right-hander Mike Foltynewicz (10-8, 2.67).Article continues below ...Neither team comes into the game rested. The Cubs had to finish a suspended game on Wednesday before playing their regularly scheduled game against the New York Mets. Chicago won the suspended game in 11 innings and lost the regular game before flying to Atlanta. The Braves only had one game, but a pair of rain delays totaling one hour, 47 minutes didn’t allow the 8-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays to be completed until 12:30 a.m. Atlanta leads Philadelphia by 3 1/2 games in the division.Montgomery will be activated from the disabled list to make his 14th start of the season. He was sidelined on Aug. 14 with left shoulder inflammation and hasn’t pitched since Aug. 11 when he threw one scoreless inning of relief. He threw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Monday and declared himself fit for action.“It was a good two weeks for me to give (my arm) a refresher,” Montgomery said. “It’s one of those things where it could’ve gone bad if I didn’t address it. I didn’t want something that could take two weeks to cost me the rest of the season.”Montgomery’s last start came on Aug. 7 at Kansas City, when he pitched six scoreless innings. He has pitched at least five innings in all 13 of his starts.Montgomery has made four career appearances against Atlanta. He is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA Satchel Paige Jersey , all with the Cubs. He has a 3.27 ERA in his last two starts against the Braves, both in 2017. In his only start at SunTrust Park on July 19, 2017, Montgomery allowed two hits and one run over six innings and hit a home run. He has made two scoreless relief appearances covering three innings against the Braves this season.Foltynewicz has been excellent during his five starts in August. He is 3-1 with a 1.38 ERA in 32 2/3 innings with 36 strikeouts. He had a three-game winning streak snapped in his last start despite allowing just one run on two hits over six innings with eight strikeouts in a 1-0 loss to Miami on Friday.“I thought he was really good,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “To just give up one run, that’s pretty good.”Foltynewicz has made one start against the Cubs this season Joe Carter Jersey , earning no decision when he allowed one unearned run in five innings on May 15. He has never beaten the Cubs in three career starts, going 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA. CHICAGO (AP) — Daniel Palka led off the ninth inning with a home run, Carlos Rodon matched a career high by throwing eight innings of scoreless four-hit ball and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 1-0 on Friday night.Palka launched a 1-2 pitch from Neil Ramirez (0-2) six rows up into the left field seats for his 18th homer. The shot ended Chicago’s three-game losing streak.Jace Fry (1-2), the White Sox’s third reliever, got the last two outs for his first major league victory.Rodon and Cleveland rookie Shane Bieber tossed crisp scoreless ball deep into the game. Each was relieved after 106 pitches.Rodon was sharp for a sixth straight start and has a 1.27 ERA in the span. The left-hander struck out five and walked two — both in the first and the only time Rodon allowed two baserunners in an inning — before being replaced by Xavier Cedeno to start the ninth.Rodon allowed doubles with one out to Francisco Lindor in the third and Jose Ramirez in the sixth, but neither advanced.Bieber matched Rodon through 6 2/3 innings Francisco Lindor Jersey , yielding only three hits — including two doubles — while striking out eight and walking two in this first career start against the White Sox. The right-hander was replaced with two outs in the seventh by Oliver PerezThe White Sox managed two baserunners only once against Bieber, in the second with two outs.Yoan Moncada lined a double to the right-center wall to lead off the fifth, but didn’t advance as Bieber struck out Ryan LaMarre and Nicky Delmonico before getting Yolmer Sanchez to fly out.The White Sox used three relievers as they escaped a Cleveland threat in the ninth.Cedeno walked Melky Cabrera to lead off, then Juan Minaya got Brandon Guyer to ground into a force at second. Yonder Alonso greeted Jace Fry with a single, but Fry struck out Jan Gomes and got Jason Kipnis to pop out.AL Central Leading Cleveland is 35-17 against division opponents.TRAINER’S ROOM:Indians: DH Edwin Encarnacion left the game in the third with left arm discomfort and was replaced by Cabrera. .. Manager Terry Francona had no update on OF Leonys Martin, who was placed on the 10-disabled list on Thursday with an unspecified illness that’s not baseball-related. Francona Corey Kluber Jersey , however, hinted Martin’s condition could be serious. “What I would say, if you are into saying prayers and things like that, keep him in your thoughts,” Francona said. “He’s at the (Cleveland) Clinic and getting good care.” … RHP Josh Tomlin (strained right hamstring) and RHP Nick Goody (right elbow inflammation) threw bullpen sessions in Cleveland on Friday. Tomlin is expected to throw a rehab start at Triple-A Columbus on Monday and Goody will head to the Arizona League for a rehab assignment.White Sox: Manager Rick Renteria said the team will know in the next couple of day if INF/OF Leury Garcia (left hamstring strain) will need a rehab stint. Garcia was injured on Sunday at Tampa Bay.UP NEXT: Indians RHP Trevor Bauer (11-6, 2.25) takes the mound against White Sox RHP James Shields (4-13 Ricky Vaughn Jersey , 4.50) on Saturday night. Bauer has won his last three starts, and is 4-0 in his last seven with a 1.76 ERA.