It is early in the season to start thinking about goals achieved, but the Cubs already have begun reaching some of theirs.
One target was to win series, not just games, and Sunday's 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates gave the Cubs three winning series in their first four. They also managed to come from behind twice and then close out an opponent in a one-run game.
The last time the Cubs won a one-run game was Sept. 28, 2002. And they overcame two Pirates leads to do it.
"That builds character in your team and that builds the belief in the people," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "It's a good game for us to win.
"This was a very uplifting game and hopefully goes to show we have the ability to come back and win the close games. That's huge."
The win before 29,558 pushed the Cubs two games over .500 and gave them a 4-2 mark on their first homestand.
The Cubs, who missed several opportunities early as Pittsburgh starter Kip Wells walked five through six innings, won the game in the eighth.
Sammy Sosa lined a leadoff double into the left-field corner and Eric Karros walked batting for Hee Seop Choi.
Corey Patterson then singled to right to score Sosa.
Mark Bellhorn walked to load the bases and Troy O'Leary, batting for Damian Miller, lifted a fly to medium right that scored Lenny Harris, running for Karros, with the go-ahead run.
Cubs starter Matt Clement, battling early control troubles, gave up two runs in the third and an unearned one in the seventh although he allowed just four hits through seven innings.
He gave way to Kyle Farnsworth in the eighth.
Joe Borowski worked the ninth for his third save, one more than his previous career total, while Farnsworth picked up his first win.
"Everybody contributed, from [player] 1 to 25," Clement said. "You can see the difference in our club just in a game like this. In my life I've never been on a team that wins games like this."
The Cubs missed their chance to break the game open early.
They loaded the bases with no outs in the second inning on a double by Moises Alou and walks to Choi and Patterson.
But Bellhorn was called out on a 3-2 pitch before Miller picked up an RBI with a walk. Clement struck out swinging and Mark Grudzielanek grounded into a fielder's choice to end the opportunity.
The Pirates immediately took the lead in the top of the third.
Wells rolled a single through the middle and went to second when Kenny Lofton walked.
Both came home on Aramis Ramirez's line double to right center.
Miller got the Cubs even in the fourth with a single after Patterson had walked and moved to third on a throwing error following an infield single by Bellhorn.
Pittsburgh regained the lead with an unearned run in the seventh when Jack Wilson grounded wide of first but was safe when Choi led Clement too far with his throw for an error. Wilson eventually scored on Lofton's infield single.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times