Ervin Santana had waited nine days to get back on the mound; he wasn’t going to let a 67-minute rain delay deter him.

After skipping a start to rest a jammed thumb, Santana returned Saturday night to take on Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs, working in and around a lengthy rain delay.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said they came five or 10 minutes from shutting Santana down, but he was able to come back in and complete seven scoreless innings to outlast Samardzija, who worked six scoreless.

Then the Braves offense continued its quest to improve on situational hitting with a little small ball to claim a second straight win in the series, 2-0.

“It’s a typical Santana outing,” said Ryan Doumit, who gave Santana the lead he needed with an RBI double. “We’ve come to expect that. He’s a guy that every time he toes the rubber, he gives us a chance to win. He’s the type of guy you want to play behind.”

After walking off on the Cubs 3-2 Friday night, on a Freddie Freeman RBI single in the 10th inning, the Braves manufactured another pair of runs in the seventh inning Saturday, both off reliever Brian Schlitter.

The Braves turned a bloop single by Chris Johnson into a rally after B.J. Upton sacrificed him to second base. Doumit’s pinch hit double gave the Braves a 1-0 lead. The Braves doubled it to 2-0 by executing the perfect suicide squeeze.

Tyler Pastornicky laid down a bunt back toward the mound as Andrelton Simmons raced home from third base, giving a typically homer-happy lineup, reason to chuckle.

The Braves have won their last two games without the benefit of a home run, something they’ve done only five times now this season.

“When you’re not scoring runs offensively, every little run that you can scratch is big,” Gonzalez said. “Santana was terrific, better than terrific really. You throw in an hour-plus rain delay and he’s throwing in the cage just to stay loose.”

David Carpenter and Craig Kimbrel did scoreless work to combine with Santana on the Braves’ fifth shutout of the year. Kimbrel got some redemption for a blown save Friday night against the Cubs working a scoreless ninth for his 10th save of the season. He’s now six saves shy of breaking John Smoltz’s franchise record.

Samardzija walked off winless for the eighth time this season, despite entering the game with a 1.62 ERA, second best to Johnny Cueto in the majors. The Braves weren’t in a sympathetic mood, though, as they were busy trying to get back right after a seven-game losing streak.

The Braves have secured their first series win since sweeping the Reds April 25-27. They have won three of their past four games since snapping the seven-game losing streak.

Samardzija, who is 0-3, was getting only 2.16 runs of support, the fourth-lowest run support in the majors. Santana did him no favors, holding the Cubs to five hits in seven innings, walking one and striking out seven.

Santana gave up leadoff hits in three of his first four innings and watched that runner advance to third base twice. But Santana stranded him there each time.

Santana recorded groundball outs for five of his six outs before the rain delay. He came back even nastier, using the first of four straight strikeouts to work out get himself out of a jam in the fourth inning.

The Braves fielders helped him out by catching Anthony Rizzo in a rundown off first base, after Ryan Kalish took third on his single. Kalish stayed put as the ball changed hands seven times before Justin Upton tagged Rizzo out between first and second. Upton came away clutching his lower back, but was able to stay in the game and singled in his next at-bat.