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Offense keys the charge as Cubs get road trip started off right

6 days agoTony Andracki

The Cubs offense has been under the microscope for the last couple of months but on Tuesday night in Baltimore, the lineup was firing on all cylinders.

For the first time in two months, the Cubs won the opening game of a road series, coasting to a 9-2 victory over the Orioles.

The last time the Cubs won an opener on the road was May 10 in Pittsburgh. The Cubs have lost the last 7 road openers – and subsequently lost all 7 road series.

It was that maligned lineup that keyed the charge for the Cubs Tuesday, tallying 14 hits, 5 walks and 9 runs.

Ian Happ had the big blast – a 3-run, 2-out homer in the top of the 4th inning. That allowed the Chicago pitching staff to breathe a lot easier, as it was only a 4-2 Cubs lead before that blast.

Michael Busch got things started with a solo shot on the first pitch he saw in the game, taking Orioles starter Dean Kremer deep in the 1st inning. Busch finished the day 4-for-6 with a pair of runs scored.

The Cubs also got RBIs from Tomás Nido (sac fly), Seiya Suzuki (single) and Dansby Swanson (groundout) as they built out their lead. Suzuki added some insurance with an RBI double in the top of the 8th and Nico Hoerner drove in another run on an RBI groundout in the 9th.

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Happ finished 2-for-4 with a walk, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI. He has driven in 41 runs over his last 39 games as his season OPS rose to .813.

On the mound, Jameson Taillon turned in another quality outing to improve to 6-4. He allowed only 2 runs on 4 hits in 6 innings and his season ERA now sits at 2.99.

Hunter Bigge worked a perfect 9th inning for his Major League debut.

The Cubs are in the midst of a difficult road trip to end the first half, going up against one of the best teams in baseball (Orioles) for 3 games before a 4-game set in 3 days in St. Louis (including a doubleheader on Saturday). They got things started on the right foot Tuesday night.

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