Pirates score early, late to beat Cubs
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[September 25, 2018]
Francisco Cervelli and Pablo
Reyes each homered and drove in two runs, and the visiting
Pittsburgh Pirates pulled away for a 5-1 win over the Chicago Cubs
on Monday night at Wrigley Field.
Jose Osuna added a pair of hits and an RBI for the Pirates.
Pittsburgh (79-76) has won seven of its past nine games and eight of
its past 11 as it looks to finish the season above .500 for the
first time since 2015.
Chicago starter Cole Hamels led his team at the plate with a solo
homer. The Cubs (91-65) entered the day with a magic number of five
to clinch the National League Central title over the second-place
Milwaukee Brewers, and it stayed at five after the Brewers topped
the Cardinals 6-4 later on Monday night to pull to within 1 1/2
games of the Cubs.
Pirates starter Jameson Taillon (14-9) limited the Cubs to one run
on five hits in seven innings. He walked three and struck out five.
It marked his 21st consecutive start in which he allowed three runs
or fewer -- the second-longest streak in the majors this season
behind New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom's 28-game run.
Hamels (9-11 overall, 4-2 with the Cubs) drew the loss after giving
up three runs (two earned) in six innings. He walked two and fanned
The Pirates opened the scoring in the first when Cervelli belted a
two-out, two-run homer down the left field line. The blast marked
Cervelli's 12th home run of the season, adding to his career high.
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Cubs starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) delivers the ball in the
second inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field.
Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports
Hamels helped his cause with a leadoff homer to center in the third.
He tracked a pitch over the heart of the plate and belted it several
rows deep into the bleachers for his second career homer and his
first since July 21, 2012.
Pittsburgh made it 3-1 in the sixth. Cervelli reached on an infield
single and advanced to second on an errant throw by third baseman
Kris Bryant. Two batters later, Osuna doubled to drive in Cervelli.
Kevin Newman drew a leadoff walk in the seventh and came around to
score on Reyes' single to increase the Pirates' lead to 4-1.
Reyes capped the scoring in the ninth with his second homer since
his Sept. 2 debut.
The season series between the division rivals is tied at eight wins
apiece with three meetings remaining.
--Field Level Media
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