Pirates get RBI in 9th, beat Cubs 3-2
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Pirates get RBI in 9th, beat Cubs 3-2
(PITTSBURGH) – Kevin Newman felt the entire crowd on his side when he stepped to the plate in the ninth inning of a tie game. Pinch-hitter Cole Tucker drew a bases-loaded walk and Newman hit an RBI single, all with two out, as the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied to beat the Cubs 3-2 on Friday night. Tucker worked a walk off Brandon Kintzler (2-2), and Newman followed with a single to center field on a full count for his third game-ending hit of the season. Kintzler walked three batters in 1/3 of an inning, including an intentional walk to Josh Bell with two outs and the Cubs leading 2-1. Erik Gonzalez entered as a pinch runner for Bell and scored on Newman's single. Kintzler was activated from the injured list prior to the game after missing 10 days with right pectoral inflammation. Tucker's walk on a seven-pitch plate appearance kept the Pirates' rally alive. A rookie shortstop like Newman, Tucker was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis prior to the game. The Cubs fell to 23-39 on the road. They have also lost 17 of their last 25 games away from Wrigley Field. The loss left Chicago a game behind the NL Central-leading St. Louis. The Pirates won for the third time in four games after losing 24 of their previous 28. Tony Kemp's two-run triple in the eighth inning off closer Felipe Vazquez gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead. Joe Musgrove carried a shutout into the eighth before giving up consecutive singles to Jonathan Lucroy and pinch-hitter Ian Happ with one out. Musgrove was charged with two runs in 7 1/3 innings, giving up four hits and no walks. He matched his career high with nine strikeouts. Keone Kela (2-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win. Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks allowed only one run and three hits in seven innings with one strikeout and one walk.

Washington 2 – Milwaukee 1
Philadelphia 8 – San Diego 4
St. Louis 13 – Cincinnati 4
LA Dodgers 8 – Atlanta 3
Colorado 3 – Miami 0
San Francisco 10 – Arizona 9 (11 innings)

Kansas City 4 – NY Mets 1