Omaha pitchers are having trouble with the long ball.

Entering Sunday’s contest with first-place Iowa at Werner Park, the Storm Chasers had allowed at least one home run in 15 consecutive games. The staff’s last homer-free game came April 18.

The Cubs extended the streak to 16, hitting six of them in their 8-1 victory over Omaha (13-17). Six players homered for Iowa (20-10), which lengthened its winning string to six.

Former Chasers outfielder Donnie Dewees started the onslaught by hitting the first of three homers off reliever Zach Lovvorn (1-1) in the third inning. Ian Happ led off the fourth with a solo shot on the first pitch from Lovvorn. Johhny Field added a two-run blast in the fifth that pushed the advantage to 4-1.

Addison Russell and Phillip Evans then homered on back-to-back pitches from Andres Machado in the seventh. One out later, Dixon Machado launched his second home run in as many days for the Cubs.

Omaha, meanwhile, couldn’t get an extra-base hit. The Chasers had seven singles off winning pitcher Matt Swarmer (3-3) and three relievers. Their past 20 hits have been singles, including every hit in the series.

Elier Hernandez drove in Omaha’s lone run Sunday, which put it up 1-0, with a single in the second.

The PCL Northern Division rivals wrap up their four-game series at 11:05 a.m. Monday at Werner Park.

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