Pirates scratch OF Polanco vs Cubs because of groin injury

16 April, 2017, 00:36 | Author: Gregory Stephens

David Freese and Francisco Cervelli each drove in two runs to back Gerritt Cole, and the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates held off the Chicago Cubs 4-2 Friday to end a four-game skid. But it was not for lack of trying as Chicago loaded the bases in both the eighth and ninth innings. The Cubs loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth inning before Tony Watson retired Ben Zobrist on a bouncer to shortstop for his third save. Starling Marte chipped in a double going 1 for 4, while Josh Harrison went 2 for 4 with a pair of singles. The two-run blast scored Kyle Schwarber. They took two of three from the Nationals in Philadelphia last weekend.

Cole now owns a 1-1- record with a 5.29 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, and 11 strikeouts in 17 innings pitched this season.

Cubs: RHP Jake Arrieta (2-0, 2.08) owns a career 2.20 ERA in 49 starts at Wrigley Field, but faces a Pirates lineup that has tagged the former Cy Young victor for at least six runs in each of their last three meetings. Thames followed with a two-run shot into the right field seats off left-hander Wandy Peralta.

MARLINS 3, METS 2: At Miami, J.T. Realmuto hit a game-ending RBI double with two out in the ninth inning, and Miami snapped New York's five-game win streak.

ORIOLES 6, BLUE JAYS 4: Baltimore hit four homers, including three off starter Aaron Sanchez, earning their fourth win over Toronto in as many meetings. Jake Arrieta gets the call for the Cubs in game 2, and is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 16 strikeouts this season. The Blue Jays' 28 runs are the fewest in the majors. He allowed three hits while striking out six and walking two. "I'll take my first at-bat with the ring".

The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to build on their game 1 victory after defeating the Cubs by a final score of 4-2 in the series opener.

Washington's Stephen Strasburg also got a no-decision after yielding two runs and striking out eight in seven innings.

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