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National League Game Summary - Chicago at Pittsburgh

8:42 PM, May 21, 2013   |    comments
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Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Travis Snider's grand slam in the sixth inning lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Chicago Cubs, 5-4, in the opener of a three-game set at PNC Park.

Pedro Alvarez added an RBI and Neil Walker went 1-for-2 with a double, three walks and a run scored for the Pirates, winners in six of their last seven games.

Wandy Rodriguez (5-2) gave up three runs on six hits while striking out five over six innings to earn the win. Jason Grilli picked up his 18th save despite allowing a run in the ninth inning.

Matt Garza, who made his first start since July 21, 2012, carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning until giving up a base hit to Clint Barmes. It was the only hit the right-hander allowed over five scoreless frames. He also struck out five and walked three while driving in a pair with a double.

Garza missed the second half of the last season because of stress reaction in his right elbow, and his return was further delayed after the 29-year-old suffered a left lat strain in spring training.

Darwin Barney went 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored and Starlin Castro drove in a run for the Cubs, who have dropped four of their last six games.

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