How it happened: Chicago jumped all over Seattle starter Jeremy Bonderman, scoring seven runs in the first four frames en route to an early 7-1 advantage. But of course, in classic 2013 Cubs style, the bullpen nearly blew another big lead. Shawn Camp, who allowed a game-winning single on Friday, gave up three runs off two homers in the eighth to cut Chicago’s lead to 7-6. But Hector Rondon retired two batters to end the inning and Kevin Gregg bounced back from his blown save Saturday with a 1-2-3 ninth to secure Chicago’s series-clinching victory. Edwin Jackson, meanwhile, picked up his first win since June 14.
What it means: Jackson has been struggling through the first half of the season and entered Sunday with a 3-10 record and a 5.84 ERA. But the righty was solid against the lowly Mariners, giving up three runs off seven hits in six innings of work. He threw 104 pitches. The bullpen, meanwhile, continues to be a concern as it gave up seven runs in 10 innings of work (6.30 ERA) this weekend. Offensively, Alfonso Soriano capped off an impressive weekend with another strong performance Sunday, cranking two doubles and scoring twice while playing in left field. Soriano, who hit at the DH spot on Friday and Saturday, finished the series 7-for-14 with two homers, three doubles and five RBI. He came to Seattle hitting just .195 in June. Sunday’s win gave Chicago consecutive series victories for the first time since early May.
Outside the box: The Cubs had four doubles in the second inning, the first time they’ve done that since August 2008. ... Jackson seems to love pitching against the Mariners, as he improved to 4-0 against Seattle and 3-0 at Safeco Field. ... The Cubs have scored first in nine of their last ten games. Chicago is also 23-5 when reaching five runs or more. ... Though they scored seven runs, the Cubs failed to go yard on Sunday, breaking a season-high streak of nine consecutive games with a home run.
Up next: The Cubs have an off-day Monday before visiting Oakland on Tuesday to kick off the final series of this nine-game road swing. Scott Feldman (7-6, 3.38) will take the mound against A.J. Griffin (6-6, 3.56) at 9:05 p.m. CT.