Cubs lose again to Pirates for 10th loss in 13 games
CHICAGO (AP) — Miguel Andújar had thee hits and drove in three runs, Joshua Palacios hit a pinch-hit three-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates held off a late rally by the slumping Chicago Cubs in posting an 8-6 victory on Thursday night.
The loss was the 10th in last 13 games for the Cubs, who are now tied with the Miami Marlins for the final National League wild card spot.
Pittsburgh’s Johan Oviedo (9-14) threw six scoreless innings, giving up four hits. The right-hander walked five but he escaped trouble on multiple occasions and held the Cubs to 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
Connor Joe and Ji Hwan Bae each added an RBI for the Pirates, whose bullpen surrendered six runs in the last three innings.
The Pirates took a 2-0 lead in the third inning when an error by shortstop Dansby Swanson on a potential double play set the stage for Andújar to drive in Joe and Bryan Reynolds with a two-out double into the right-center field gap.
Andújar knocked in another run in the fifth. His three hits and three RBIs came off Kyle Henricks (6-8), who went six innings and gave up seven hits and three runs (one earned).
The Pirates extended their lead to 5-1 in the eighth inning when Bae drove in Jared Triolo with a two-out RBI triple. Joe scored Bae with an RBI single before he was thrown out at second.
Chicago’s comeback efforts started in the seventh inning when Swanson hit an RBI single to make it 4-1. Mike Tauchman had an RBI double in the eighth and scored later on an RBI groundout from Nico Hoerner to make it 5-4.
Palacios homered in the ninth to make it 8-4.
Swanson reduced the deficit to two with a two-run homer in the ninth off All-Star David Bednar before the closer retired the next three hitters.
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Guardians get swept by the Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP/WJW) — Nelson Velázquez continued a late-season tear for Kansas City with a three-run homer, Angel Zerpa shut down Cleveland in relief of Zack Greinke and the Royals rolled to a 6-2 victory Wednesday for a three-game sweep of the Guardians.
This score prompted the Guardians to post on social media: “we are sad.”
Zerpa (3-3) got the final out of the fourth inning and allowed three hits the rest of the way. He struck out four without a walk in the latest impressive performance by the Royals bullpen, which has been responsible for the team’s last eight wins.
Bobby Witt Jr. and Edward Oliveras also drove in runs to send the Royals out on their final road trip having won six of their past seven games. That includes their first sweep of the Guardians since April 12-14, 2009.
Lucas Giolito (8-14) allowed four runs, three of them earned, on seven hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings. The rough outing came after the right-hander tossed seven innings of two-hit ball against Texas last weekend.
Greinke, the Royals’ erstwhile ace, had trouble loosening up after the first inning and was checked by trainer Nick Kenney before staying in game. He lasted into the fourth, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out five, but didn’t get far enough to snap an 11-game losing streak by qualifying for his first win since May.