Perez’s 3 RBIs, home run push Pirates over Cubs 4-2

Audrey J. Powers

CHICAGO (AP) — Roberto Perez drove in three runs, Michael Chavis broke a tie with a house run in the fourth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Friday night time.

The Cubs had been held scoreless over the last 7 innings by Pirates remaining-hander Jose Quintana and four relievers in a match that begun approximately six hours late simply because of forecasted inclement temperature.

The Pirates have won two consecutive game titles, although the Cubs dropped their fourth consecutive match.

Perez hit a two-run single in the next to snap a streak of 10 2/3 scoreless innings by Cubs remaining-hander Drew Smyly (1-1) to commence the time. Perez led off the fifth with his first homer of the time to prolong the Pirates’ guide.

“Roberto not only caught well, he did a nice occupation swinging the bat,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton reported of Perez, who just after likely hitless in his former 10 at-bats has three hits in his previous six plate appearances.

Michael Hermosillo snapped an -for-12 slump to start the period by hitting a two-run double in the next to account for the Cubs’ scoring.

Two batters previously, Quintana was struck on the left leg by a line generate by Jonathan Villar but stayed in the match. Quintana, who pitched for the Cubs from 2017-20, pitched 4 2/3 innings, putting out 3, walking a few and providing up three hits.

Pirates relievers have held the Cubs scoreless about 10 1/3 innings in the 1st two video games of this 4-activity collection. Chicago’s Nick Madrigal grounded to second with the tying operate at 1st to give Chris Stratton his next preserve in as quite a few evenings. Chase De Jong (1-) pitched two scoreless innings for the earn.

Smyly pitched 5 innings, had 4 strikeouts, and gave up six hits, four runs and one particular stroll.

Seiya Suzuki snapped an -for-10 rut with a single to start out the eighth, but reliever David Bednar struck out the subsequent three batters.

A first-inning rally finished when Willson Contreras grounded into the Cubs’ major league-foremost 17th double engage in.

Ke’Bryan Hayes hit a one in the first and is now 7-for-13 in 4 games towards the Cubs and is batting .362 (17-for-47) life time from them.

Cubs reliever Keegan Thompson pitched four innings and extended his scoreless streak to 13 2/3 innings to get started the period.

“I’m not attempting to shy from any one,” Thompson said. “I try out to allow them put it in participate in, let the protection get the job done and test to operate ahead brief.”


PIRATES: OF Anthony Alford (appropriate wrist sprain) was reinstated from the 10-day IL. INF/OF Hoy Park was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

CUBS: OF Clint Frazier was put on the 10-working day injured checklist owing to an appendicitis. OF Alfonso Rivas was recalled from Triple-A Iowa. … RHP Alec Mills (reduced back again strain) will make a rehab commence Saturday at Iowa. … LHP Wade Miley (elbow soreness) threw a bullpen session Friday.

UP Following

Pirates RHP Zach Thompson (-1, 9.00) will experience the Cubs on Saturday. Thompson authorized six operates in 4 innings Monday night time in a 6-1 loss to the Brewers.

Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks (-1, 6.08) will just take the mound from the Pirates. Hendricks authorized two operates in 4 1/3 innings Monday in a 4-2 earn in excess of the Rays.


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