Saturday against the Reds at Wrigley Field, the Cubs had one of their biggest offensive surges of the year, scoring a run in each of the first three innings and totaling 11 hits in an eventual 8-4 win.
The Cubs’ run total Saturday was more than they scored in their previous four games combined. With the win, the Cubs snap a five-game losing streak.
Starting pitcher Edwin Jackson through well through three innings before giving two runs in the sixth inning and being pulled with two outs left in the inning. But the veteran right-hander pitched well enough to earn the victory for the Cubs, giving up eight hits and striking out five.
The Cubs responded to the Reds’ sixth inning surge with three runs of their own. Darwin Barney two-run homer that scored catcher Welington Castillo. Junior Lake hit an RBI single to cap off the three-run sixth.
It was the Cubs’ first three-run inning since April 10 when they scored three in the fourth inning of a 5-4 loss to the Pirates.
An inning later, Castillo hit a two-run homer of his own, scoring third baseman Mike Olt.
Jackson enjoyed an abnormally quick third inning when he only need to throw three pitches. Jackson gave up a hit to Brian Hamilton on the inning’s first pitch but induced a double play on the next pitch to Joey Votto. Brandon Phillips grounded out to Jackson to end the inning.
It was the first time since a Cubs pitcher had a three-pitch inning since Randy Wells did it on Sept. 25, 2011 against the Cardinals.