A bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Russell Martin in the top of the eighth inning on Tuesday night lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates (5-2) to a 7-6 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
In the first game of a three-game series, Pedro Alvarez tallied two hits and two RBI’s, and Travis Ishikawa drove home two runs with a triple and a sacrifice fly. Martin, Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker all also recorded two hits.
The win went to Tony Watson (1-0) after he had blown a save opportunity by allowing the game-tying RBI single to Anthony Rizzo. in the bottom of the seventh inning
Starlin Castro homered twice for the Cubs (2-5), and Emilio Bonifacio, who went 11-for-16 against the Pirates in a season-opening three-game series in Pittsburgh last week, was 3-for-5, and is now batting .515. Castro also had three hits. The loss went to Cubs reliever Pedro Strop (0-1).
In the second game of the series on Wednesday night, Pittsburgh’s Wandy Rodriguez (0-1) will face Chicago’s Jason Hammel (1-0).