Gerrit Cole pitched seven strong innings and got home run help from Marlon Byrd and Jose Tabata, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Chicago Cubs 2-1 Saturday night. The Pirates, looking for their first postseason berth since 1992, got a tying home from Tabata in the sixth. The home run was the 23rd for Byrd, and his second since he was acquired by the Pirates. It was Byrd's 23rd home run of the season and second in 17 games since being acquired Aug. Nate Schierholtz doubled to score Castro, but Rizzo was cut down at the plate as Pirates right fielder Byrd threw to second baseman Neil Walker, who gunned a perfect strike to catcher Russell Martin. Scott Baker pitched well again in his second start with the Cubs since recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery, allowing one run and three hits in six innings with four strikeouts and no walks. Tony Watson pitched the eighth and Mark Melancon worked the ninth to finish off the five-hitter and earn his 15th save in 17 chances.
The Pirates rallied to defeat the Cubs, 2-1, in front of a sold-out crowd of 35,534 on Saturday night at PNC Park as Pittsburgh moved back into a first-place tie with the Cardinals in the National League Central after St. Louis lost to the Mariners.