Chicago Cubs

Cubs Beat Pirates 8-7


Happ finished what he started, singling home Nico Hoerner in the 11th to lead the Cubs to an 8-7 win over the Pirates on Tuesday night.


“There’s a lot of factors in that game, and for us to persevere — had some really nice pitching performances there late and in extras to keep things close — and just for us to be able to grind through that and get a win, that was huge,” Happ said.


“I mean, really I kind of like blacked out whenever I hit it,” said Hayes, who became the seventh player in Pirates history to homer in his first major league game.


The Cubs have been mostly stuck in neutral since their 13-3 start, but Bryant’s return along with the arrival of reinforcements at the trade deadline gave Ross a chance to hit reset entering September.


The Cubs were active at the trade deadline, acquiring veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin, utility player José Martinez and left-handed reliever Josh Osich.


To make room for the additions, Chicago sent outfielder Albert Almora Jr. to the club’s alternate training site in South Bend, placed right-hander Tyler Chatwood on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain and designated reliever Casey Sadler for assignment.






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