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Pirates pound Cubs for third straight win

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Jun 21, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz (15) steals second base as Chicago Cubs second baseman Andrelton Simmons (19) reaches for the throw during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Perez and Bligh Madris each homered Tuesday to help the Pittsburgh Pirates to their third straight win, a 7-1 victory over the visiting Chicago Cubs.

The Pirates have won the first two games of a four-game series by a combined 19-2 score.

Daniel Vogelbach added an RBI double and RBI single, and Oneil Cruz delivered an RBI single for the Pirates.

Pittsburgh starter Roansy Contreras (2-1), making his seventh start in his 10th big-league game, allowed one run and four hits in five innings, with three strikeouts and two walks.

Patrick Wisdom hit a solo homer for the Cubs, who have lost three in a row and 13 of 15.

Chicago starter Matt Swarmer (1-3), making his fifth major-league start, gave up five runs (four earned) and five hits in four innings, with five strikeouts and two walks.

In the first, Ke’Bryan Hayes led off for Pittsburgh with a triple to left and scored on Bryan Reynolds’ sacrifice fly to right for a 1-0 lead.

The Pirates got another in the second when Perez hit a two-out homer to right-center to make it 2-0.

In the third, Reynolds singled to right-center with one out. After Jack Suwinski walked, Vogelbach drove in Reynolds with a base hit to right. An out later, Cruz singled to right to bring Suwinski home for a 4-0 lead. Cruz drew an errant throw to second by catcher Willson Contreras on a steal attempt, allowing Vogelbach to score to make it 5-0.

Wisdom led off the fourth with his 13th homer, to center, to cut it to 5-1.

Against Brandon Hughes in the fifth, Suwinski drew a one-out walk and scored on Vogelbach’s double to right for a 6-1 lead.

In the sixth against Mark Leiter Jr., Madris led off with his first career homer in his second career game. The blast to right-center made it 7-1.

Madris and Cruz, both recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, have combined to go 7-for-17 with eight RBIs in their two games.

–Field Level Media