the republic logo

Pittsburgh Pirates hit 4 homers, complete sweep of Chicago Cubs with 10-4 victory

bug
Share/Save/Bookmark

CHICAGO — The Pittsburgh Pirates had one successful weekend at Wrigley Field. It was so good that even Gerrit Cole had a big swing at the plate.

Cole pitched six-plus innings and hit his first career homer, and the Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 10-4 on Sunday to move into the second wild-card slot in the National League.

"Yeah, it's pretty sweet," Cole said. "Everybody wants to hit a home run in the show, and it happened at Wrigley, which is really cool."

The Pirates swept the three-game series against the last-place Cubs to improve to 12-4 against Chicago this season, including 7-2 at Wrigley Field. Coupled with Milwaukee's 9-1 loss to St. Louis, they moved a half-game ahead of the Brewers for the last wild card.

Cole hit a two-run shot in the seventh for the last of Pittsburgh's four homers. Neil Walker hit a two-run shot in the first and Jordy Mercer and Andrew McCutchen connected in consecutive at-bats in the second.

"Offensively, we showed up early," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We got some pitches out over the plate and we elevated some and got good swings on them. We played defense, we pitched and we hit a little bit. It was a good weekend for us."

Cole (8-5) allowed four runs, three earned, and nine hits. He struck out eight and walked none in his first victory since July 4 against Philadelphia.

Chicago had won three in a row before the visit from Pittsburgh. Travis Wood (8-12) was tagged for seven runs and nine hits in 1 2-3 innings, making the left-hander just 1-7 with a 5.86 ERA in his last 15 starts.

"Wasn't Woody's day today, obviously," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "They came out swinging."

The Pirates scored five times in the second to open a 7-0 lead. They strung together six straight hits with two outs, highlighted by the homers for Mercer and McCutchen.

PHOTO: Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood exits the game after being relieved during the second inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood exits the game after being relieved during the second inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

"He was throwing his heater and leaving a lot of stuff over the middle of the plate," McCutchen said of Wood. "You can't really do that in this game. We were able to key on that."

Pittsburgh finished with 19 hits. Walker, McCutchen and Gaby Sanchez had three apiece.

Sanchez hit an RBI single off Eric Jokisch to make it 8-0 in the fourth.

The Cubs had a 19-inning scoring drought before Mike Olt's RBI single in the fifth. Welington Castillo added an RBI double in the sixth.

Olt went 3 for 3 with a walk, and Matt Szczur had a two-run single in the seventh. Chris Coghlan had two hits and scored a run.

"The offense exploded early and allowed me to try some things out there," Cole said. "When you're pitching with a lead like that, you can take some risks here and there. I made some pitches early."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: INF Josh Harrison was out of the lineup for a second straight game after aggravating a left ankle injury in the completion of a suspended game on Saturday. ... The Pirates are concerned that INF Pedro Alvarez's left foot injury is not improving as much they would have hoped. Alvarez is expected to travel with the team to Philadelphia, but the Pirates are considering sending him back to Pittsburgh for further tests.

Cubs: OF Jorge Soler got the day off after playing 14 innings on Saturday. The Cuban rookie missed a major part of the season in the minors with recurring hamstring injuries and the plan is to give him regular rest in hopes that it will help him stay healthy.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP Jacob Turner (5-8, 5.54 ERA) goes for his second straight win when he faces RHP Marcus Stroman (9-5, 3.83 ERA) in the first of three games at Toronto on Monday night.

Pirates: LHP Jeff Locke (6-4, 3.75 ERA), who is 4-1 in his past six starts, starts on Monday in Philadelphia. Locke is 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA in three career starts against the Phillies.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


Photo Gallery:
PHOTO: Chicago Cubs' Chris Coghlan is tagged out by Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker after diving back to second on a single hit by Luis Valbuena during the fourth inning of a baseball game on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
Click to view (7 Photos)

All content copyright ©2014 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.