CHICAGO — Francisco Cervelli and Andrew McCutchen capped Pittsburgh’s 10-run first inning with consecutive homers off Jon Lester, serving to the Pirates pound the Chicago Cubs 14-three on Sunday.
Cervelli drove in 5 runs and Jordy Mercer had two hits and three RBIs because the Pirates closed out a 5-2 street journey with their fifth win in six video games. All-Star Josh Harrison homered within the ninth and Chad Kuhl pitched three innings of 1-run ball in an emergency begin after Jameson Taillon was scratched as a result of flu-like signs.
Pittsburgh despatched 15 batters to the plate in its highest-scoring inning because it received 10 within the seventh towards Colorado on Might 17, 2009. It was the primary time it scored at the least 10 within the first inning since June eight, 1989, towards Philadelphia.
Cervelli hit his third profession grand slam into the basket in left with two out. McCutchen adopted with a drive to left-middle for his seventeenth homer, chasing Lester and drawing a smattering of boos from a annoyed crowd of forty one,604 at Wrigley Area.
Chicago (forty three-forty five) heads into the All-Star break with a dropping document for the primary time because it was forty-fifty four in 2014. The Cubs have been fifty three-35 on the break a yr in the past on their option to their first World Collection title since 1908.
Lester (5-6) was charged with 4 earned runs and 6 hits within the shortest begin of his 12-yr main league profession. He additionally struggled in his earlier outing, permitting six runs in 5 innings in a loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
Lester was harm by an error on third baseman Kris Bryant, who booted David Freese’s one-out grounder with runners on first and second. Josh Bell then hit an RBI single, Jose Osuna doubled house two extra runs and Mercer made it 5-zero with a two-run single.
Kuhl allowed two hits and walked three on simply two days’ relaxation after he pitched a profession-excessive seven innings in a 6-three win at Philadelphia on Thursday night time. A.J. Schugel (1-zero), the second of three Pittsburgh relievers, pitched three innings for the win.
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