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Pirates beat Cubs 7-1
Monday Jun 11, 2018 12:00am

Pirates beat Cubs 7-1
(CHICAGO) - Although reluctant to go on the disabled list two weeks ago, Ivan Nova had to concede Sunday that the break was a great benefit. Josh Harrison led off the game with a home run and Gregory Polanco hit a bases-loaded triple, leading Nova and the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Chicago Cubs 7-1. Pittsburgh, which had managed a total of three runs in its previous four road games, ended its losing streak at three. Nova (3-5) allowed one run on four hits in 5 2/3 innings to snap a four-decision skid and pick up his first win since April 15. He was activated before the game after missing the two weeks with a sprained finger. Anthony Rizzo drove in the lone run for Chicago, which had won four in a row. The Cubs trail the NL Central-leading Brewers by a half-game heading into a three-game series at Milwaukee starting on Monday. Kyle Hendricks (4-6) gave up one run on three hits in five innings before being lifted for a pinch-hitter. The right-hander has gone beyond the fifth just once in his last five starts. Pittsburgh broke the game open with a five-run sixth. Austin Meadows led off with a double against reliever Brian Duensing and one out later, Elias Diaz hit an RBI single. After walking Josh Bell to load the bases, Duensing was replaced by Luke Farrell. The lefty-swinging Polanco greeted the right-hander by lining a 1-2 pitch into the right-field corner for a three-run triple to make it 5-0. Jordy Mercer followed with a single.

OTHER N.L. SCORES
Cincinnati 6 – St. Louis 3
San Diego 3 – Miami 1
Philadelphia 4 – Milwaukee 3
Arizona 8 – Colorado 3
San Francisco 2 – Washington 0
LA Dodgers 7 – Atlanta 2

Fog started moving into Wrigley Field during Sunday's Cubs-Pirates game (photo courtesy of Getty Images)






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