Travis Snider flashes the Zoltan after his RBI triple in the second inning. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Only Mother Nature could stop the Pirates' offensive barrage on Edwin Jackson.

In the first two innings, the Bucs smacked six hits and brought in four runs on the opposing starting pitcher, en route to a 4-2 Thursday afternoon victory and sweep over the Chicago Cubs. While Jackson struck out six batters, he also left plenty of pitches down the middle for the Pirates to smack.

Then it began to rain.

Jackson and mound opponent Jeanmar Gomez were removed after the 107-minute intermission. What followed was the Pirates (29-18) once again cruising to victory with few hits while the bullpen held up its innings for the fourth-straight win.

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