Michael McKenry belted a three-run, go-ahead
homer in the eighth inning as the surprising Pittsburgh Pirates earned a
dramatic 7-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs in the opener of a three-game
With two-out, McKenry fell behind 0-2, then fouled off five pitches before
sending his first major-league home run into the left-field bleachers.
Josh Harrison preceded the blast with a game-tying RBI single, as the Pirates
won for the fifth time in seven games.
Daniel McCutchen (3-1) recorded the final out of the eighth to pick up the
win. Joel Hanrahan earned his 26th save of the season, setting a club record
for most saves before the All-Star break.
Sean Marshall (5-3) and Carlos Marmol were each charged with two runs in the
eighth, as the Cubs fell for the sixth time in eight games