Home runs coming in bunches lately

Home runs coming in bunches lately

CHICAGO -- The Cubs hit 10 home runs in their last three games against the Pirates, including six on Tuesday. It's the first time they've hit that many in a three-game stretch since Sept. 21-23, 2007.

What happened?

"I wish I knew and we would've put it in play in April," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "I do know, at least to my way of thinking, we didn't miss many mistakes the entire four days in Pittsburgh. That's how those kind of things happen. When you get them, you've got to deal with them. I don't know if it's contagious, but I hope so. I don't think [Tony] Campana will hit one [Friday], but you never know."

Campana did just that, hitting his first career homer, a two-run inside-the-park shot in the first inning off Reds starter Mike Leake.

Tyler Colvin got things started Tuesday when he hit his third homer over the right-field bleachers and it bounced into the Allegheny River at PNC Park.

"He's swung the bat a little better," Quade said of the outfielder, who is 3-for-11 in his past four games. "He's going to get opportunities, but Reed [Johnson] and some other people are going to push him."