The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — For the first time in a while, the Pittsbrugh Pirates enjoyed their visit to Wrigley Field.
Adam Frazier hit a clinching home run as the Pirates scored six times in the final two innings to beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1 Sunday for a three-game sweep of the World Series champions.
“We came in struggling. It was big for us to get these three wins,” Frazier said.
The Pirates went 4-14 against the Cubs last season, including 1-8 in Chicago. Their previous three-game sweep at the ballpark was in September 2014.
“It was important for us to come here and play good baseball,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “We didn’t play well here last year. They played really well.”
Jameson Taillon (1-0) allowed an unearned run and struck out six in seven innings. Cubs starter Jon Lester pitched three-hit ball for seven innings and left with a 1-0 lead.
The Pirates scored three times in the eighth off Koji Uehara (0-1), getting the go-ahead run when pinch runner Alec Hanson slid home on Andrew McCutchen’s bases-loaded grounder — a replay review upheld the call that catcher Willson Contreras was barely off the plate when he caught first baseman Anthony Rizzo’s throw on an attempted force play.
“That’s been more of our problem than anything, not getting a clutch hit and holding a lead at the end of the game,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.
Frazier hit a three-run homer in the ninth.
Tommy La Stella’s pinch-hit double off Frazier’s glove in left field put the Cubs ahead in the seventh. Chicago then loaded the bases before Taillon got Rizzo to pop out to end the inning.
Taillon has given up three runs in 20 innings. Last season, he had the second-lowest ERA (3.38) among NL rookie starters.
M’s win after Iwakuma struggles
SEATTLE (AP) — Nelson Cruz singled in the tiebreaking run to cap a two-run, ninth-inning rally, and the Seattle Mariners overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Texas Rangers 8-7 on Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Nomar Mazara gave Texas a 7-6 lead when he led off the ninth against Edwin Diaz (1-1) with his fourth homer.
Rangers starter Cole Hamels left in position to win for the third straight start but has not gotten any decisions. He allowed four runs — three earned — and six hits in five innings. Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma gave up six runs and seven hits in three innings.Speech