Rizzo's HR jump-starts offense after down day

Cubs swat three home runs following lowest run total of season

Rizzo's HR jump-starts offense after down day

CHICAGO -- With a fourth-inning home run to right field, Anthony Rizzo woke up what had been a sleepy Cubs offense for all of 1 1/2 games

In a 6-2 Cubs win against the Rockies on Saturday, Rizzo's shot was the jump-start, but what followed was arguably better.

On the next pitch from Rockies starter Christian Bergman, Jorge Soler got ahold of a curveball and turned it into a majestic home run to left-center. Statcast™ projected the homer's distance at 422 feet. Rizzo and Soler combined for the Cubs' first back-to-back homers this season. Both came on first-pitch curveballs. And the Cubs weren't done.

In the seventh-inning, Dexter Fowler continued the power surge with a three-run homer that put the Cubs up 5-0.

Fowler's three-run homer

"They were all properly struck," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "And that was a tough home run day with the wind."

The power display not only helped the Cubs win comfortably behind eight scoreless innings from Jake Arrieta, it also reaffirmed the Cubs' ability to bounce back.

The Cubs posted their lowest run total of the season in their 6-1 loss to the Rockies on Friday. But on this team, now 9-2, a bad day doesn't carry much weight.

"Everybody comes in expecting to win," Fowler said.

For Fowler and Soler, the home runs reasserted already successful stretches. Fowler has reached base in every game this season and gotten aboard 26 times in 47 plate appearances.

Soler, who also singled Saturday, moved to 5-for-12 with three walks on this homestand. For both players, the home runs were their second of the season. As for Rizzo, the shot was his third of the year and came after he started the Cubs' homestand 1-for-16 at the plate.

Rizzo discusses Cubs' hot start

Thanks to the trio of home runs, Friday's loss proved not to be a setback. And neither did the easterly wind.

"If you hit a ball well enough, it's gonna go out either way," Fowler said.

Cody Stavenhagen is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.