The Iowa Cubs scored four runs in the fifth inning without getting a base hit, ultimately lifting the Cubs to a 6-3 win Sunday afternoon in Des Moines, Iowa.
Tyler Wagner took the loss on the mound, giving up six runs, four hits in 4 2/3 innings. He had three strikeouts and walked four.
The Cubs’ Eddie Butler got the win, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out three in six innings.
The Cubs broke up a pitchers duel in the fourth inning when Ian Happ blasted a two-run home run to right field. Round Rock got a run back in the top of the fifth when Luis Marte doubled with two outs to score A.J. Jimenez, who led off the inning with a walk.
In the bottom half of the inning, Wagner, who had his foot stepped on while covering first base on a ground out, hit a batter and then walked three straight Cubs to drive in a run. Chesney Young hit a sacrifice fly to drive in another run. With two outs, the Cubs got two more runs on an error by third baseman Drew Robinson to take a 6-1 lead.
Round Rock staggered two runs in the sixth and seventh inning, but couldn’t get anything else going.
The Express and Cubs conclude their series Monday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 12:08 p.m. Round Rock returns to Dell Diamond Tuesday for an eight-game homestand.