Chi. Cubs 7, Pittsburgh 4

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, September 14, 2012 2:20 PM
Location - Wrigley Field
Temperature - 72°
Umpires - Home Plate - Mike Muchlinski, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Joe West,
Attendance - 26946

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 4 8 1
Chi. Cubs 0 0 1 3 0 3 0 0 7 9 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Pittsburgh 72-71 42-30 30-41 L7
Chi. Cubs 57-87 35-34 22-53 W2

Recap


Cubs 7, Pirates 4: Starlin Castro homered and drove in four as host Chicago handed Pittsburgh its season-high seventh straight loss.

Chris Rusin (1-2) struck out six and allowed two runs in five innings to earn his first major-league win and Anthony Rizzo double in a pair for the Cubs, who have won six of seven - including four straight against the Pirates. Carlos Marmol recorded the final three outs for his 20th save. 

Andrew McCutchen hit his 27th homer for Pittsburgh, which fell three games behind St. Louis for the second wild card spot in the National League. The Cardinals dropped an 8-5 decision to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.

Chicago got to James McDonald (12-8) on Castro’s RBI single in the third and broke the game open with three runs in the fourth. McDonald loaded the bases on three walks before being replaced by left-hander Justin Wilson, who surrendered Rizzo’s two-run double to right.

The Pirates battled back to cut it to 4-3 but Castro came up with two on and two outs in sixth and ripped a first-pitch fastball from Jared Hughes into the stands in left for his 13th homer.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Pirates 2B Neil Walker did not start for the 16th straight game due to back tightness. He struck out in a pinch-hitting appearance. … Cubs LF Alfonso Soriano drove in his 97th run with a single in the fourth. He needs one homer and three RBIs for his first 30/100 season since 2005. … Pittsburgh 3B Pedro Alvarez (wrist) returned to the lineup after missing a game and went 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Pittsburgh   Chi. Cubs
James McDonald Player Christopher Rusin
Loss W/L Win
3.2 IP 5.0
2 Strikeouts 6
5 Hits 4
9.82 ERA 3.60
Hitting
Pittsburgh   Chi. Cubs
Garrett Jones Player Darwin Barney
2 Hits 2
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
2 TB 3
.500 Avg 1.000

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Pittsburgh 8 1 12 .235 16 8 4 2 1 1
Chi. Cubs 9 1 16 .273 17 4 7 5 0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Chi. Cubs will play their next game at home against Pittsburgh. The Cubs have a W/L % of .421 after a win and .379 after a loss.
  • Pittsburgh will play their next game on the road against Chi. Cubs. The Pirates have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .507 after a loss.