A pair of two-run home runs by Alfonso Soriano were enough to put down the Pittsburgh Pirates (53-33) in a 4-1 win over the Bucs at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday afternoon.
The shots both came off Pirates starter Charlie Morton (1-2; 3.38 ERA), a renowned ground ball hitter. Darwin Barney accounted for two of the Cubs’ other five hits.
The only Pittsburgh run came on a solo homer by Pedro Alvarez, his 22nd of the season. The Pirates’ Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen both recorded two base hits, but the rest of the Pittsburgh lineup went hitless. The victory went to Cubs starter Edwin Jackson (5-10; 5.50 ERA), who allowed one run and four hits over five-and-two-thirds innings, striking out three batters and walking two.
In the rubber game of the three-game series on Sunday afternoon, A.J. Burnett (4-6; 3.12 ERA) will return to the Pirates’ lineup to face Chicago’s Carlos Villanueva (2-4; 3.45 ERA).