The Pittsburgh Pirates slammed five solo home runs on Wednesday night, but the Bucs managed only one other hit and lost a 7-5 decision to the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin both homered twice for Pittsburgh (5-3), and Travis Snider added a long ball.
Anthony Rizzo tied his career high with four hits for the Cubs (3-5), while Mike Olt and Junior Lake both homered. Emilio Bonifacio went 2-for-5, and is now batting .500, with 16 of his 19 hits having come versus the Pirates (5 games – 16-for-26; .615).
Both of Chicago starter Jason Hammel’s wins this season have come against the Bucs, and Wandy Rodriguez (0-2) has lost twice to Chicago. Rodriguez lasted five innings on Wednesday, allowing four runs on nine hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
The rubber game of the series in Chicago will be played on Thursday afternoon with Gerrit Cole (1-0) scheduled to start for Pittsburgh against the Cubs’ Travis Wood (0-1).