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Cubs Edge Pirates 6-5 In Last Game Before All-Star Break

July 11, 2016

Kris Bryant’s RBI single in the eight inning lifted the Chicago Cubs to a 6-5 victory over the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon, avoiding a sweep at the hands of the Pittsburgh team, and finishing the season’s pre-All-Star session with just their second win in their last ten games.

Bryant’s hit, his third of the game, came off Pirates reliever Tony Watson (1-3), and scored Matt Szczur, who had come through with a pinch-hit double.  Anthony Rizzo went 4-for-5 for the Cubs (53-35), and was 10-for-14 in the weekend series.  Albert Almora, Jr. added a two-run home run.

Andrew McCutchen and Sean Rodriguez homered for Pittsburgh (46-43), and John Jaso went 2-for-5 with an RBI.  The win was credited to Cubs reliever Pedro Strop (2-2), and Hector Rondon earned his 14th save.

On Saturday night, led by a grand slam by Josh Bell in his second Major League at-bat, the Pirates posted a 12-6 victory.  McCutchen, Rodriguez and Jordy Mercer also homered.  McCutchen finished with two hits and three RBI’s.  Eric Fryer also posted two hits.

The win was credited to Pittsburgh reliever Arquimedes Caminero (1-2) after starter Chad Kuhl, another “AAA” call-up, lasted only two-and-a-third innings in his third Major League start.

Rizzo went 4-for-5 and Jason Heyward was 3-f0r-5 for the Cubs, while Ben Zobrist homered.  The loss was charged to Cubs reliever Adam Warren (3-2).

At the All-Star break, the Pirates trail the first-place Cubs by seven-and-a-half games and second-place St. Louis (46-42) by a half-game, and are a game-and-a-half out of contention in the National League Wild Card race.

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