HOUSTON (AP) - Chicago's Edwin Jackson got off to a slow start on Friday night against the Houston Astros. When he settled down, he was almost unhittable.
Jackson struck out nine as the Cubs and Astros played to a 6-6 tie in 10 innings in an exhibition game.
Jackson plunked leadoff hitter Jose Altuve before walking Brett Wallace. Chris Carter then doubled in a pair with one out before Jackson struck out two straight to end the inning.
Houston's Marwin Gonzalez hit an opposite-field, three-run homer in the second before Jackson retired nine of the next 10 batters, striking out seven of them. He was replaced by James Russell for the fifth inning.
His nine strikeouts were one more than he'd had in his previous five spring starts.

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Cards' Garcia gets another shot at redemption The Cardinals have endured a profoundly disappointing season at home. But can they do enough in the final week of the regular campaign to make the...
Thumbnail Yankees aspire to steal one from Blue Jays Mired in an eight-game losing streak at Rogers Centre, do the Yankees have enough wherewithal to salvage their series finale vs....
Thumbnail Pirates in desperation mode against Cubs Having reached the 99-win plateau for the first time since 1935, will the Cubs hit the century mark tonight?
Thumbnail Tigers vs. Indians Pick The Cleveland Indians look to lock up the AL Central title on the road when they face the Detroit Tigers today at...
Thumbnail Cards, Cubs ready for last regular-season bout   In arguably their most important contest of the season, it’s only fitting that the Cardinals turn to the man who’s fast becoming the team’s new ace.
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages