Cubs 6, Pirates 3
Send a link to a friend
[June 21, 2014]
Edwin Jackson (5-7) struck out eight
and allowed three runs on five hits over five innings to earn his first
win in four starts against Pittsburgh this season, and Hector Rondon
worked a perfect ninth for his eighth save. Anthony Rizzo added a pair
of RBIs for the Cubs, who have won nine of their last 11 at home.
Jordy Mercer hit a three-run homer for the Pirates and Gregory
Polanco went 1-for-4 and has hit safely in a franchise-record 10
straight games to begin his big-league career. Charlie Morton (4-8)
allowed six runs and eight hits in six innings to snap a three-start
Chicago broke open a scoreless game in the third when Rizzo doubled
into the right-field corner to score a pair of runs and Castro
followed with his 11th homer on a blast to left for a 5-0 lead.
Mercer brought the Pirates back in it with a three-run blast on a
hanging slider from Jackson in the fifth, but Coghlan added a solo
shot leading off the bottom of the frame.
The Pirates had two on with one out in the sixth and seventh, but
Cubs relievers wiggled out of trouble both times. Pedro Strop
stranded a runner in the eighth before Rondon wrapped up a strong
effort from the Chicago bullpen by fanning two in the ninth,
including a swinging strikeout of Polanco to end it.
[to top of second column]
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Cubs appeared to score in the first when Coghlan
scooted home following an apparent wild pitch on a swinging third
strike to Rizzo, but replay showed the pitch hit Rizzo in the foot
after his swing and Coghlan was sent back to third. … The Pirates
demoted RHPJason Grilli and turned over the closer's role to RHP
Mark Melancon after Grilli blew his fourth save of the season
Thursday. … Castro is the first batter with three career homers off
Morton and all have come this season.
[© 2014 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2014 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.