The Cubs blew a 6-0 lead Wednesday but overcame a 10-7 deficit to pull away to a 15-11 victory over the Athletics before a sellout crowd of 15,448 at Sloan Park. The Cubs scored in every inning but the eighth. John Lackey was knocked out during an eight-run fourth. Both teams collected 15 hits apiece.
At the plate: Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr. are peaking at the right time. Schwarber worked Santiago Casilla for a full count before smacking a home run in the first, and Almora followed with a grand slam to cap a five-run outburst. Schwarber ripped a two-run homer over the right-field bullpen in the fourth. Almora has hit three home runs in his last three games. Willson Contreras hit an opposite-field shot to right center in the third.
On the mound: Lackey retired seven of the first eight batters he faced before running into trouble. Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer in the third, and Lackey was pulled after allowing a two-run single to Richie Martin in the fourth.
In the field: Second baseman Ben Zobrist showed no signs of past neck stiffness as he ranged far to his left on the outfield grass to rob Jed Lowrie of a hit in the second.
Key number: 54 — Cubs home runs this spring.