Pirates begin set in ChicagoJul 30, 2012 - 3:11 PM
The California-born Germano, who'll turn 30 on Aug. 6, is pitching for his fifth major-league team since he was a 13th-round pick of the San Diego Padres in 2004.
He reached the majors with the Padres in 2004 before subsequently working for the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox before his contract was purchased by the Cubs on July 19.
In two major-league outings in 2012, he pitched 5 2/3 innings for the Red Sox in a 6-1 loss to the Yankees on July 7, then pitched three innings and got the loss at St. Louis for the Cubs on July 21.
Combined, he's allowed a run on 10 hits in 8 2/3 innings while walking two batters and striking out eight.
Germano has never faced the Pirates.
Pittsburgh enters the series in second place in the National League's Central Division, where it trails the Cincinnati Reds by three games.
The Reds gained a game Sunday with their 10th straight victory in Colorado, while the Pirates dropped the finale of a four-game series in Houston after winning the first three.
Houston's Jordan Schafer drove in three runs and the Astros ended a 12-game losing streak with a 9-5 win.
James McDonald's (10-5) second-half struggles continued on Sunday, as the Astros tagged him for five runs on six hits and a career-high seven walks in five innings. McDonald has pitched to an 8.91 ERA over his last four starts.
"Last couple, it's been rough," McDonald said. "I think every year I've pitched I've been in the same situation like this, where I've gotta fight my way out of some rough starts."
In Chicago, Anthony Rizzo socked a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Cubs to a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the rubber match of a three-game set.
Stymied by St. Louis pitching since the second inning, the Cubs clinched a series victory when Rizzo followed a leadoff single by Starlin Castro with an opposite-field blast to left off Trevor Rosenthal (0-1).
"It's nice this early in his career to get his first walk-off in big-time fashion, and a home run, too," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "Off a guy throwing 97, 98 mph, to take that pitch opposite field and not try to do too much. It was awesome."
James Russell (5-0) worked around a two-out single by Yadier Molina in the top of the 10th to earn the win for the second consecutive day.
The Cubs improved to 12-3 in their last 15 home games.
Paul Maholm authored another solid outing, holding St. Louis to one run on four hits and four walks in 6 2/3 innings. The veteran left-hander hasn't allowed more than one run in each of his last six starts.
Pittsburgh starts veteran Erik Bedard, who took a tough-luck loss to the Cubs in his last outing on July 23.
The 33-year-old Canadian southpaw pitched seven innings of two-hit ball while allowing a single run and striking out 11 while dropping a 2-0 decision.
The outing, which got him to exactly 100 innings for the season, lowered his earned run average from 4.55 to 4.32.
In his previous start, he allowed an earned run on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings of a 6-2 defeat of the Colorado Rockies in July 17.
He's 1-1 in two career starts against the Cubs.
The Pirates have won four of six games between the teams in 2012, including a three-game sweep in May in Pittsburgh. The Cubs won two of three in Pittsburgh between July 23-25.
The Cubs last won the season series in 2009.
- PITTSBURGH: 4
Jul 30 11:16 PM
- Joe Mather double to left center scored Darwin Barney. Runner on second with none out and Manuel Corpas due up.
Pirates 4, Cubs 14 Bot 7, 0 OutsJul 30 10:42 PM
- Casey McGehee is pinch-hitting for Chris Resop.
Pirates 4, Cubs 13 Top 6, 1 OutJul 30 10:18 PM
- Michael McKenry single to center scored Garrett Jones. On the play, Pedro Alvarez advances to second and Neil Walker advances to third. Bases loaded with one out and Clint Barmes due up.
Pirates 3, Cubs 13 Top 6, 1 OutJul 30 10:14 PM
- Starlin Castro two-out, two-run Home Run (10) to center scored David DeJesus. Anthony Rizzo due up.
Pirates 2, Cubs 13 Bot 5, 2 OutsJul 30 10:00 PM
- Pinch-Hitter David DeJesus infield single to first scored Darwin Barney and Joe Mather. Runner on first with two outs and Starlin Castro due up.
Pirates 2, Cubs 11 Bot 5, 2 OutsJul 30 9:59 PM
- Joe Mather single to left scored Geovany Soto. On the play, Darwin Barney advances to second. Runners on first and second with one out and Justin Germano due up.
Pirates 2, Cubs 9 Bot 5, 1 OutJul 30 9:54 PM
- Anthony Rizzo none-out, three-run Home Run (8) to right center scored Reed Johnson and Starlin Castro. Alfonso Soriano due up.
Pirates 2, Cubs 7 Bot 5, 0 OutsJul 30 9:40 PM
- Darwin Barney one-out, three-run Home Run (5) to left scored Jeff Baker and Geovany Soto. Joe Mather due up.
Pirates 2, Cubs 4 Bot 4, 1 OutJul 30 9:24 PM
- Michael McKenry reached on a fielder's choice, third to second scoring Andrew McCutchen. On the play, Pedro Alvarez out at second and Garrett Jones advances to third. Runners on first and third with two outs and Clint Barmes due up.
Pirates 2, Cubs 1 Top 4, 2 OutsJul 30 9:11 PM
- Alex Presley flied out to right to end the inning.
Pirates 1, Cubs 1 Mid 3Jul 30 8:49 PM
- Starlin Castro double to left scored Reed Johnson. Runner on second with none out and Anthony Rizzo due up.
Pirates 0, Cubs 1 Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 30 8:17 PM
- PITTSBURGH: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jul 30 8:07 PM
- Liriano strong again as Pirates edge Cubs 12:31a
- Cubs' Camp lands on DL 4:26p
- Samardzija eyes another win in the Steel City 10:16a
- Snider slams Pirates past Cubs Wed
- Cubs activate Garza from DL Tue
- Cubs claim Eduardo Sanchez off waivers Tue
- Cubs' Garza makes 2013 debut at Pittsburgh Tue
- Murphy's homer lifts Mets over Cubs Sun
- Alvarez homers, Pittsburgh pitches past Houston Sun
- Series up for grabs, as Mets and Cubs battle at Wrigley Sun
- Locke eyes a win in rubber match against Astros Sun
- Astros edge Pirates in 11 innings Sun