Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Junior Lake and Mike Olt smacked back-to- back home runs in the fifth inning to help the Chicago Cubs to a 7-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the middle test of a three-game set from Wrigley Field.
Jason Hammel (2-0) went seven strong innings for the Cubs, allowing three runs on three hits while striking out six. Anthony Rizzo went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored while Emilio Bonifacio continued his torrid start to the campaign, recording two more hits in the triumph. Bonifacio now has 19 hits in eight games.
Pittsburgh got its five runs on five solo homers, including a pair from both Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin. Travis Snider also went yard for the Pirates.
Jose Tabata's pinch-hit single in the eighth inning was the only Pittsburgh hit that did not leave the ballpark.
Wandy Rodriguez (0-2) was tagged for four runs on nine hits over five innings of work.