Cubs play Game 4 of World Series against Pirates at Wrigley Field
By MARK WILSON, Associated Press WILTON, Wis.
(AP) A wild and wacky night of baseball at Wigley Field on Wednesday night, as the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 in Game 4.
It’s the fourth straight loss for the Pirates, who are trying to avoid another series sweep in what has been a disappointing season for the franchise.
Pittsburgh was playing its fourth consecutive game without star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.
The Pirates were missing their leading hitter from the postseason, Andrew McCutchen.
Pittsburgh’s bullpen went 4-2 with nine saves, the second-best in the NL, and starter Bryan Mitchell pitched two scoreless innings.
It was the third time this year Pittsburgh has lost its last three games by a combined score of six runs or more.
The Cubs have won four of five at home, including three straight against the Pirates.
Pittsburgh has won eight of its last 10.
The teams are tied for the NL lead in home runs, and Pittsburgh has the lead in the majors in runs scored.
It has scored the most runs in a season for only the second time in franchise history.
The last time Pittsburgh and Chicago met was a World Series in 2004.
It wasn’t a close game and the Cubs didn’t score a run until the fourth inning.
The home team was up 4-3 on its first pitch, and the Pirates scored twice in the third and fourth innings.
The second two runs came in the fourth, when McCutches hit a three-run homer off reliever Andrew Miller to right field and a sacrifice fly by shortstop Andres Torres to center.
But the Cubs’ offense never got going, and it was 4-for-5 on extra-base hits.
It took Pittsburgh about three innings to score its first run, a single by second baseman Andrew McCourt off reliever Michael Pineda, who walked with two outs in the ninth.
McCourt singled to left field to put the Pirates ahead 4-0, and Torres doubled to left, making it 5-0.
The third run came when McCourt went deep to center, but Torres failed to get a ground ball off reliever John Axford to first.
McCutchens hit a sacrifice bunt that was well off, and McCourt followed with a sacrifice grounder that was caught by Axford at third.
But Torres was tagged out on a fielder’s choice, and Axford got a hit on McCourt’s throwing error.
The Brewers had two runs in the sixth.
They tied it in the seventh when catcher Tyler Flowers singled to center and was thrown out at third on a sacrifice by second base coach Jeff Howard.
But McCutchess walked McCourt to load the bases, and Williams followed with an RBI double.
Williams scored when McCord made a diving catch at first base and then threw to first to score the run.
The next run came in a wild inning when McCort was charged with stealing third base by a Pittsburgh runner.
He was called safe on third, but McCourt was credited with the steal.
Williams reached on a single to left and hit the game-tying RBI single in the bottom of the seventh off reliever Tyler Greene to give the Cubs a 6-4 lead.
It seemed the Pirates would have another chance in the top of the eighth when Williams hit a double to left.
But Greene was called out on interference.
He walked to load up the bases.
Williams stole second and scored on a wild pitch to center field by catcher Matt Carpenter.
The final run was scored when Torres grounded into a double play at third base to end the inning.