Cubs battle back, but can't hold off Pirates in series opener

Cubs battle back, but can't hold off Pirates in series opener
April 8, 2014, 11:00 pm
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Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) Pedro Alvarez had two hits and two RBIs and the Pittsburgh Pirates overcame two home runs by Starlin Castro to beat the Chicago Cubs 7-6 on Tuesday night.

Russell Martin drove in the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning for Pittsburgh and Jason Grilli closed with a perfect ninth.

Cubs right-hander Pedro Strop (0-1) walked two batters in the eighth and recorded only one out before being replaced by left-hander James Russell. Russell immediately walked Pedro Alvarez to load the bases and Martin followed with a fly ball to right field that made it 7-6.

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The Cubs tied the game in the seventh against Tony Watson (1-0) on Anthony Rizzo's hit up the middle scoring Emilio Bonifacio, who went 3 for 5 and is batting .515.

Castro hit a game-tying three-run homer in the third and a solo shot in the sixth against Morton for his first career multi-homer game.

Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson gave up six runs on nine hits in 4 2-3 innings. Jackson struggled with his command, walking four (one intentional) and hitting a batter. Pirates starter Charlie Morton didn't fare much better allowing five runs on eight hits in six innings.

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