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Cubs score 10 runs in blowout win over Orioles

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CHICAGO — Cubs runs came in bunches in Friday afternoon’s 10-3 win over the Orioles at Wrigley Field.

Miguel Amaya, Dansby Swanson and Christopher Morel hit a trio of solo home runs in the third inning. Swanson and Morel went back-to-back — marking the sixth time the Cubs have hit back-to-back dingers this season — to give Chicago an early 3-0 lead, but they piled on insurance runs in the sixth.

In that inning, Ian Happ continued the tear he has been on since the Cubs returned home from a 10-game road trip. After pinch-hitter Mike Tauchman and Trey Mancini walked, Happ pinch-hit for Patrick Wisdom and plated them both with a single to right field. Happ has logged a hit in each of his last four games, including a home run Tuesday against the Pirates, his first homer since May 5.

Happ’s two-run single drove in the first of six runs the Cubs scored in the sixth inning. Nico Hoerner, Morel and Seiya Suzuki each chipped in RBI hits. That big frame marked the fourth straight game the Cubs have scored at least four runs in an inning, something they had not done since a stretch that ran from June 28 to July 1, 2018, against the Dodgers and Twins, per team historian Ed Hartig. The Cubs added on in the seventh on another Hoerner RBI single.

Through most of the first two months of the season, the Cubs were among the league leaders in stranding runners, and especially in scoring position. Going into Friday, the Cubs were third-highest in baseball with 7.37 stranded runners per game. But they have since improved to ninth in baseball in stranding runners in scoring position (3.59 per game), down from fourth in the league a month ago.

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