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Cubs beat Pirates 8-2
Friday Sep 08, 2017 12:00am

Cubs beat Pirates 8-2
(PITTSBURGH) – Ian Happ grew up in Pittsburgh's suburbs and had a big night in his hometown Thursday. Happ had three hits, including two doubles, and threw out a runner at the plate from center field to help the Chicago Cubs to an 8-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. In the second inning, he threw out Jordy Mercer as the Pirates baserunner was trying to score from second on a single by pitcher Jameson Taillon. The Cubs had 13 hits, including eight for extra bases, as the offense broke out after totaling four runs in the first three games of the series. Happ singled and scored to lead off the game and doubled in the third and eighth innings. Javier Baez doubled and scored in the second. Jason Heyward singled and was driven in by pitcher Jon Lester's double in the fourth. Albert Almora Jr. later added on with a two-run shot in the seventh off receiver Angel Sanchez. Lester (10-7) worked around traffic in his first four innings but settled down to go six innings with one run and five hits allowed. He struck out five and walked four. It was Lester's second start since coming off the disabled list Sept. 2, and he felt he made progress after a four-run, eight-hit outing over five innings his first time out. Rookies Josh Bell and Joradn Luplow each had and RBI for the Pirates, who had eight hits but left 11 men on base.

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NY Mets 7 – Cincinnati 2
Atlanta 6 – Miami 5
San Diego 3 – St. Louis 0
Colorado 9 – LA Dodgers 1

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