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
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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