After Starling Marte's single advanced Jose Tabata to third,
Sanchez delivered a sharp hit to left off Carlos Villanueva (0-2),
who entered in the 15th inning. Stolmy Pimentel (1-0) pitched four
frames to earn his first major-league victory for the Pirates, who
didn't score after loading the bases with none out in the 13th.
The Pirates tied the game in the 12th when Marte delivered a two-out
single on a 3-2 pitch off Jose Veras, who extended the game by
striking out Andrew McCutchen with the bases loaded. Anthony Rizzo
had given the Cubs a 3-2 lead when he led off the top of the 12th
with a home run off Jeanmar Gomez.
Emilio Bonifacio went 5-for-7 and is 9-for-12 in his first two games
with the Cubs while Luis Valbuena had three hits, including an RBI
single that scored Bonifacio and tied the game 2-2 with two outs in
the ninth off Pirates closer Jason Grilli. Jordy Mercer delivered an
RBI single in the second for the Pirates, who had only eight hits.
Pirates reliever Mark Melancon appeared to get out of a
bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth when he induced a
double-play grounder by Nate Schierholtz. The play was challenged,
though, and the review revealed Mercer came off second base before
receiving the throw from Neil Walker, allowing a run to score to
make it 2-1.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Pirates' Charlie Morton allowed four hits, one
walk and struck out six in six shutout innings while the Cubs' Edwin
Jackson allowed two runs (one earned), two hits, walked four and
struck out five in 5 1/3 frames. ... The teams combined to use 16
pitchers in the contest — nine by Chicago. ... Jackson hit Marte
with a pitch in the first inning and Morton plucked Rizzo with his
first offering in the second, prompting home plate umpire Bob
Davidson to warn both teams. Rizzo was hit again in the eighth and
Marte was nearly drilled in the bottom half, but there were no
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