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Polanco, Pirates edge Cubs

Apr 23, 2015 - 2:35 AM Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Gregory Polanco smacked a solo homer among his two hits and the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Chicago Cubs 4-3 in the third of a four-game set.

Vance Worley (2-1) allowed an unearned run over 5 2/3 innings, surrendering six hits and two walks with five strikeouts for Pittsburgh, which has won four of its last six games.

Jason Hammel (1-1) gave up four runs -- three earned -- on six hits with five punchouts over five frames for the Cubs, who won the first two games of the series.

The Pirates were up 4-1 before the Cubs seriously threatened in the eighth.

Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro sandwiched singles around a Kris Bryant walk to load the bases with no outs. Miguel Montero slapped a base hit to left- center to score Rizzo.

Tony Watson came on to replace Jared Hughes. Pinch-hitter David Ross grounded into a force out at third after bouncing one to Jung-Ho Kang. Pinch-hitter Jonathan Herrera popped out in foul territory to end the inning.

Watson blanked the Cubs in the ninth to complete the two-inning save.

The Pirates plated two runs in the second and added another in the third to jump out to a 3-0 lead.

Starling Marte and Pedro Alvarez singled to begin the frame and Francisco Cervelli followed with a double to right to push across Marte. Kang lifted a sacrifice fly to left to bring home Alvarez.

Alvarez's sac fly in the third gave Pittsburgh its three-run cushion.

Castro's RBI groundout in the fourth got the Cubs on the board, but Polanco's leadoff blast to right in the fifth made it 4-1.

Game Notes

The Pirates were 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base, while Chicago finished 2-for-10 and stranded 10.








  • CHICAGO: 3
    PITTSBURGH: 4
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  • David Ross reaches on a fielder's choice to third base. Miguel Montero to second. Starlin Castro out at third. Kris Bryant scores.

    Cubs 3, Pirates 4  Top 8, 0 OutsApr 22 9:45 PM


  • D.Ross grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Jung Ho to third baseman Harrison, Bryant scored, M.Montero to second, D.Ross to first, S.Castro out.

    Cubs 3, Pirates 4  Top 8, 1 OutApr 22 9:45 PM


  • M.Montero singled to left, Rizzo scored, Bryant to third, S.Castro to second.

    Cubs 2, Pirates 4  Top 8, 0 OutsApr 22 9:41 PM


  • Miguel Montero singles to shallow left field. Starlin Castro to second. Kris Bryant to third. Anthony Rizzo scores.

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  • Polanco homered to right on a 2-2 count.

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  • Gregory Polanco homers to right field.

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  • S.Castro grounded out, third baseman Harrison to first baseman P.Alvarez, Bryant scored.

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  • Starlin Castro grounds out, Josh Harrison to Pedro Alvarez. Kris Bryant scores.

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  • Pedro Alvarez out on a sacrifice fly to deep right field to Jorge Soler. Neil Walker to third. Andrew McCutchen scores.

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  • P.Alvarez hit a sacrifice fly to right fielder Soler, McCutchen scored, N.Walker to third.

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  • Jung-Ho Kang out on a sacrifice fly to left field to Chris Coghlan. Pedro Alvarez scores.

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  • Jung Ho hit a sacrifice fly to left fielder Coghlan, P.Alvarez scored.

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  • Francisco Cervelli doubles to deep right field. Pedro Alvarez to third. Starling Marte scores.

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  • Cervelli doubled to right, Marte scored, P.Alvarez to third.

    Cubs 0, Pirates 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsApr 22 7:43 PM


  • Dexter Fowler singles to shallow infield.

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  • CHICAGO: 0
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