The Cubs hot start has long been forgotten after they fell to the Pirates 8-4, making it 8 of the last 9 the Cubs have lost.
Pittsburgh got off to a hot start scoring 3 runs in the second inning thanks to a Freese solo home run and a Rodriguez two run home run to make it 3-0. Chicago came back with a run in the fourth on a Báez RBI. The Cubs added two runs in the sixth on a Montero two run home run to tie the game at 3. The Cubs took the lead on a Rizzo solo home run in the seventh. The Pirates would not let the Cubs lead last. Pittsburgh came back and scored 4 runs in the seventh on Jaso, Palanco, McCutchen, and Marte RBI’s to give the Pirates a 7-4 lead. The Pirates added one more run in the eighth on a Trevor Cahill wild pitch.
Pittsburgh starter Liriano got the no decision. Liriano gave up 2 runs on 3 hits while striking out 3 and walking 3 over 5 innings. Cubs starter Jake Arrieta took the loss falling to 12-4 on the season. Arrieta gave up 6 runs on 9 hits while striking out 6 and walking 1 over 6 innings.
The Cubs look to bounce back today when they play the Pirates at 6:15.