The Chicago Cubs won an 11-10 slugfest over the Minnesota Twins in MLB on Sunday.
While high-scoring games are not unusual at Wrigley Field, the Cubs did something they have not done in almost a century – Chicago have now scored 10 or more runs in four straight games.
The Cubs have not reached double digits in four straight since 1930 – the same year slugger Hack Wilson drove in 191 runs, an incredible record that still stands.
Not surprisingly, the Cubs have won all four games, starting Thursday when they beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-5. They scored 10, 14 and 11 runs in their three-game sweep of the Twins.
It has been so good for the Cubs, even their pitchers are doing damage. Jon Lester hit a three-run home run in the second inning to put the Cubs on the board.
"Close your eyes enough and swing hard enough, you'll eventually run into one," Lester said (via MLB.com).
Lester laboured on the mound, giving up nine hits and three walks – but only two earned runs – in five innings. That is more than good enough to get the job done with the Cubs hammering the ball as they have been lately. Chicago now lead the National League (NL) in runs scored this season, as well as other offensive categories such as batting average and OPS.
The Cubs have now won four straight and are 47-35, just a half-game behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central.
Aaron Hicks hit three home runs and drove in four in the Yankees' 11-1 win over the Red Sox. Hicks now has 14 homers this season, one away from his career high, set last year.
Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz gave up only one hit in five scoreless innings, striking out nine, to earn the win against the Cardinals.
Twins starter Lance Lynn gave up seven earned runs in 1.2 innings against the Cubs.
KNAPP STEPS UP FOR THE PHILLIES
Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp crushed a pinch-hit, walk-off, upper-deck home run in the 13th inning.
Baltimore Orioles 8-2 Los Angeles Angels
Detroit Tigers 9-1 Toronto Blue Jays
Cincinnati Reds 8-2 Milwaukee Brewers
New York Mets 5-2 Miami Marlins
Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Houston Astros
Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Washington Nationals
Atlanta Braves 6-5 St Louis Cardinals
Chicago Cubs 11-10 Minnesota Twins
Chicago White Sox 10-5 Texas Rangers
Cleveland Indians 15-3 Oakland Athletics
San Francisco Giants 9-6 Arizona Diamondbacks
Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 Colorado Rockies
Pittsburgh Pirates 7-5 San Diego Padres
Seattle Mariners 1-0 Kansas City Royals
New York Yankees 11-1 Boston Red Sox
BRAVES AT YANKEES
It is the 'Baby Braves' against the 'Baby Bombers', with some of the brightest young MLB stars on display for this series in Yankee Stadium. Anibal Sanchez (3-2, 2.68 ERA) takes the mound for the Braves against Jonathan Loaisiga (2-0, 1.93 ERA).