National League Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Chicago|
(Tuesday, September 24th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 8, Chicago 2
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Pedro Alvarez collected two hits and knocked
in three runs as Pittsburgh topped Chicago, 8-2, in the middle portion of a
Jordy Mercer homered, with Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte driving in a
run each for the Pirates, who have won four of their last six.
Gerrit Cole (10-7) worked six innings, giving up seven hits and two runs with
six strikeouts. He also contributed a two-run single as the Bucs moved one
game ahead of Cincinnati for the top spot in the NL wild card race. The Reds
lost to the Mets.
Pittsburgh also remained two games behind the Cardinals, who blanked the
Nationals, for the NL Central crown with four games to play.
Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo knocked in runs for the Cubs, who have
dropped three in a row and nine of their last 11.
Chris Rusin (2-6) was yanked after 2 1/3 frames, charged with six hits and
four runs in defeat.
The Bucs jumped on Rusin for three runs in the second inning, thanks to an RBI
ground-rule double from Alvarez and a two-out, two-run single from Cole.
Mercer's third-inning blast put the visitors up by four, but the Cubs got on
the board in the home half when Logan Watkins singled, was sacrificed to
second and scored on Castro's infield hit.
It was 6-1 in the fifth for the Pirates after Alvarez doubled home a pair.
McCutchen and Marlon Byrd, who singled and walked, respectively, to begin the
frame, came around on the one-out hit.
Chicago tacked on another run in the sixth, as Ryan Sweeney led off with a
single, Castro followed with a base hit and Rizzo's grounder to deep short
brought Sweeney in.
Pittsburgh upped its lead to 8-2 in the eighth after Marte lofted a bloop
double to short left, which scored Felix Pie, and came home on McCutchen's
two-out base hit.
The Pirates have taken 12 of 18 meetings with the Cubs this season, including
five of eight in Chicago ... Cole upped his output to five RBI this
season -- including four in his last two starts -- and his average was raised
to .206 ... Sweeney finished 3-for-3 in the setback.
09/25 00:09:49 ET