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National League Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Chicago



(Thursday, April 10th)

Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Chicago 4

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Pedro Alvarez and Travis Snider homered in a five-run seventh inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates held on for a 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday afternoon.

The Cubs loaded the bases against Jason Grilli in the ninth inning but didn't score, giving the Pirates three straight series wins to open the season for the first time in 22 years.

Alvarez's three-run homer off James Russell (0-1) gave Pittsburgh the lead after Snider's pinch-hit two-run blast got them on the board earlier in the inning.

Right-hander Gerrit Cole (2-0) picked up his sixth straight win going back to last season after striking out 10 in six innings. He gave up four runs -- three earned -- on five hits and two walks.

"I pitched OK. Fortunately we played a great game as a team," said Cole. "In those kind of games you have to keep grinding and try to give your teams as many innings as you can and try to outlast the other guy."

The Pirates improved to 6-3 this season -- all against NL Central teams. They have taken two series against the Cubs and one against St. Louis -- only the fourth time in the last 49 seasons they have won their first three (1966, 1976 and 1992 were the others).

Starlin Castro had three hits, including an RBI single, and scored a run on a controversial play at the plate that gave the Cubs a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning.

Castro's last hit, a single in the ninth, came after Ryan Sweeney led off with a walk. Grilli struck out pinch-hitter Luis Valbuena and Welington Castillo, then walked Darwin Barney to load the bases, but Emilio Bonifacio grounded out to end the game and give Grilli his third save of the season.

"We kept battling," said Cubs manager Rick Renteria. "We fell short. ... At the end of the day we want better results."

Cubs left-hander Travis Wood was pulled after giving up a leadoff single to Neil Walker in the seventh.

Wood struck out nine, gave up three walks and four hits and was charged with a run when Snider belted Brian Schlitter's eighth pitch over the center-field wall to get Pittsburgh on the board.

Schlitter gave up a single to Starling Marte and walked Andrew McCutchen, who both scored on Alvarez's fifth homer of the season with two outs off Russell.

"We've played some tough games against them so far this year," said Alvarez. "Any time we come back, especially down so many runs, it's a huge plus for the morale and for the team."

Earlier, Bonifacio scored all the way from first base in the third inning when he stole second and kept running after Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez threw the ball into the outfield.

A three-run fourth inning ignited by consecutive singles by Anthony Rizzo and Nate Schierholtz extended the Cubs' lead to 4-0. Castro knocked in the first run with a single, Schierholtz scored on a wild pitch and Castillo drove in Castro with a hit to left field.

Marte's two-hop throw arrived in time and Sanchez appeared to apply the tag in time to the Castro's left foot. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle came out to argue the call, which wasn't reviewed.

Game Notes

The pitching staffs combined to strike out 28 batters ... The Pirates continue a nine-game road trip Friday in Milwaukee ... The Cubs start a five-game road trip Friday in St. Louis.

04/10 19:52:39 ET

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Local
Final
ECU 56
TEMPL 70
Final
NCCU 69
NCAT 58
 
Final
DET 4
ATL 6
 
Final
TAM 2
BAL 3
 
Final
PIT 1
NYY 2
 
Final
HOU 6
PHI 3
 
Final
MIA 1
STL 4
 
Final
SFG 8
CHC 6
 
Final
CIN 3
CLE 9
 
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CWS 1
LOS 6
 
Final
ANA 3
MIL 2
 
Final
CHC 2
OAK 2
 
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SEA 9
SDP 4
 
Final
KAN 5
TEX 4
 
Final
ARI 4
COL 3
 
Final
WAS 5
NYM 4
 
Final
MIN 9
BOS 8
 
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BAL 5
TOR 0
 
Final
CHI 108
OKC 105
2nd
POR 25
DAL 25
 
Final
MDES 89
MRGST 76
 
Final
SIENA 71
NIAG 54
Final
LEH 62
AMER 68
 
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SCAR 74
ARK 78
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LAF 89
BU 64
 
Final
PETE 63
FAIR 33
Final
BUCK 90
HC 83
 
Final
UNF 71
LIP 57
 
Final
TENNM 65
MORE 76
Final
COL 72
NAVY 62
 
Final
ECU 56
TEMPL 70
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FATL 62
UAB 59
 
Final
FLGC 62
USCU 63
 
Final
CHAR 84
WKENT 88
 
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MINN 63
WISC 76
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MIZST 48
SILL 55
Final
COPST 92
DELST 104
 
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FIU 59
MTST 54
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HAMP 69
NORST 80
 
Final
NCCU 69
NCAT 58
 
Final
COOK 72
SCST 62
 
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APP 67
TXST 64
 
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GSOUT 76
TXARL 64
 
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LAMON 50
UGST 58
 
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ODU 67
MARS 50
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TXSA 74
RICE 76
 
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FAM 64
SAV 57
 
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LATU 72
SMISS 61
 
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JST 72
ALAAM 54
 
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GRAM 46
ALAST 70
 
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TXSOU 94
ALCOR 73
 
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NICST 77
CARK 70
 
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TAMCC 85
HOUB 72
 
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NARZ 58
PORST 51
 
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LAM 61
SHSU 67
 
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ARKST 76
SALA 81
 
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PVU 73
SOUTH 77
 
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LALAF 75
ARKLR 69
 
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NO 85
SELA 79
 
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INCWORD 64
ABCHRIST 52
 
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MVSU 0
ARKPB 0
 
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ARZ 99
CAL 60
 
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WASH 47
COL 64
 
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WEBER 74
IDAHO 63
 
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UCONN 53
MEM 54
 
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UTEP 83
UNT 60
 
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STEPH 92
NWST 66
 
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SUTAH 69
SACST 65
 
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DAVID 82
VCU 55
 
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IDST 81
EWASH 85
 
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QUIN 74
MAR 80
 
Final
BEL 97
EILL 64
 
2nd
DRAK 43
BRAD 40
 
2nd
LBSU 39
CSNO 31
 
2nd
UCI 37
CSFU 29
 
2nd
UCD 35
UCR 40
 
1st
ARST 3
STAN 0
 
1st
WASU 7
UTAH 2
 
Final
BOS 3
CAL 4
Final
WAS 1
MIN 2
Final
PHI 3
STL 1
Final
FLA 3
DAL 4
Final
TAM 4
TOR 2
Final
NAS 3
NYI 4
3rd
ARI 2
VAN 0
 
1st Intermission
LOS 2
MON 0