• Pirates' five solo home runs not enough in 7-5 loss to Cubs

    Summary of 5 articles · Updated Apr 10, 2014
    CHICAGO – The Pirates hit five solo home runs over the ivy covered wall at Wrigley Field Wednesday night, but still managed to lose, 7-5, to the Cubs. Hammel held the Pirates to three hits, all solo home runs, over seven innings, and Mike Olt and Junior Lake belted back-to-back homers to help power the Cubs to a 7-5 victory Wednesday and even the series. The Pirates are now 5-3, and the Cubs are 3-5. Signed to a one-year, $6 million contract over the offseason, Hammel won his Cubs debut when he beat the Pirates in Pittsburgh. The Cubs went up 1-0 when Emilio Bonifacio found a new way to hurt the Pirates: he scored on a stolen base attempt gone awry. CHICAGO – Pedro Alvarez launched his third home run in two days this afternoon – this one deep atop the center-field bleachers at Wrigley Field to give the Pirates a 5-4 win. Darwin Barney also made a great play on Jordy Mercer's grounder to open the sixth, and he threw to Anthony Rizzo in time, although the first baseman had to do the splits to catch the ball.
    • Back-to-back homers spark Cubs past Bucs

      Jason Hammel held the Pirates to three hits, all solo home runs, over seven innings, and Mike Olt and Junior Lake belted back-to-back homers to help power the Cubs to a 7-5 victory Wednesday and even the series.
      Source: MLB.com
  • Alvarez Hit Go-Ahead HR, Pirates Hold Off Cubs 5-4

    Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run seventh inning and Jason Grilli retired Emilio Bonifacio on a bases-loaded grounder to end the game, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

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