Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-4, drove in two runs, scored once and stole two bases, and the Pittsburgh Pirates won a rain-delayed Thursday afternoon home game 4-2 over the Chicago Cubs.
The victory was the Pirates’ fourth straight, their 11th in their last 13 games, and gave them a three-game sweep of the Cubs and an 8-2 record in the now-completed homestand — their most victories in one stint at home since they won nine in 2005.
Starling Marte recorded two hits and two runs, Travis Snider contributed an RBI triple, and Michael McKenry drove home a run with a single. Vin Mazzaro (3-0; 2.50 ERA) earned the win in a relief role, subbing for starter Jeanmar Gomez following a one hour and 47 minute rain delay in the fourth inning. Jason Grilli, who pitched a perfect ninth inning, tallied his Major League-leading 19th save in 19 opportunities this season.
The Pirates (29-18) scored their four runs in the first two innings off struggling Cubs starter Edwin Jackson (1-7; 6.11 ERA). With the loss, Chicago slid to 18-28.
Now tied with Cincinnati for second place in the National League Central Division, one-and-a-half games behind St. Louis, the Pirates will begin a three-game series with the Brewers (18-27) on Friday night at Miller Park in Milwaukee. A.J. Burnett (3-4; 2.57 ERA) starts the opener for Pittsburgh against the Brewers’ Marco Estrada (3-2; 5.44 ERA).