Albert Almora Jr. hit one of three Cubs homers.
For the 21st time in 2017, the Cubs were exactly at .500 at 45-45. This would be the last time they were exactly at that level, though.
They still trailed the first-place Brewers by 5½ games in the N.L. Central.
BALTIMORE — It might have taken more than half a season, but it appears we are, at last, seeing a Cubs team that resembles its 2016 counterpart.
All right, so maybe the Orioles pitching staff is helping out just a bit, but the Cubs not only got another power display Saturday night, but also got an outstanding pitching effort from Jake Arrieta in a 10-3 win over the O’s.
Jake struggled in the first inning, throwing 27 pitches and stranding two runners. It might have been worse if Willson Contreras hadn’t thrown Manny Machado out trying to steal third, an outstanding throw and nice tag by Kris Bryant.
The Cubs broke the scoreless tie in the top of the third:
Albert Almora Jr.‘s fourth homer of the season went a long way: