5/23 Pirates 4, Cubs 2
Edwin Jackson needed the rain to come a little earlier on Thursday. Jackson was limited to three innings before nature intervened and delayed the Cubs’ game against the Pirates nearly two hours. Pittsburgh had scored all it needed by then as Andrew McCutchen hit a pair of RBI singles to post a 4-2 victory over Chicago.
With the win, the Pirates completed the sweep and improved to 14-6 in May. The Cubs, on the other hand, have lost five of their last six games.
Jackson had struggled with one bad inning in previous starts, and the Pirates got to him quickly. Starling Marte led off with an infield single that Starlin Castro knocked down, then stole second and scored on Andrew McCutchen’s single. McCutchen swiped second as Garrett Jones struck out, and Neil Walker walked to set up Michael McKenry’s RBI single.
With two outs in the Pirates second, Marte reached on another infield single that deflected off Jackson, then scored on Travis Snider’s triple. McCutchen made it 4-0 with an RBI single.
David DeJesus doubled to open the Cubs fourth against Jeanmar Gomez, moved up on Castro’s single and scored when Anthony Rizzo hit into a fielder’s choice. One out later, Nate Schierholtz was safe on a fielding error by Jones, and then the rain halted play for 1 hour 47 minutes. Pinch-hitter Ryan Sweeney added a two-out, RBI single in the Chicago seventh.
The Cubs are used to close games; they’ve now had 40 of their 46 games decided by four runs or less.
– Carrie Muskat