Pittsburgh (AP) – Michael Chavis hit a tying home run in the eighth before pulling off a defensive gem in the eighth and delivering a game-ending single in the 10th, sending the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Chicago Cubs 8-7 Thursday.
Chavis’ singles homer, his seventh this season, made it a 7-all after the Cubs scored five times in the top of the eighth.
“Those are the moments you dream about,” Chavis said of Homer. “It’s fun. There have been moments where I’m preparing to bat or to bat, and you think about trying to make it. Of course, on occasion, I didn’t try to hit A home run … once you’re not trying to do it, it looks like that.”
In the 10th, Chavis charged a slow grounder by Jason Hayward toward first base and knocked out Patrick Wisdom at the plate. Call Chicago stood after the challenge.
In the bottom half, Chavis hit a single to right off Scott Efros (1-3) and automatic runner K’Brien Hayes scored in a collision with catcher Wilson Contreras. Hayes stayed down for a moment after slipping down, crashing his left shoulder into Contreras’ foot, before running under his own power.
Pirates manager Derek Shelton said Hayes seemed fine, but the evaluation would continue.
“Everything is butterflies until you (Hayes) see the slides,” Chavis said. “Immediately, the way he slipped in, I think it was with (Contreras’) knee or shin guard, something like that. Immediately, you’re like, ‘I hope he’s okay.’ … I’ve had a walk-off a few times in my career. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a weird walk-off.”
Hayes home first in the game.
“The good thing is that he went under his own power,” Shelton said. “I think it went from a walk-off gusto to about as crowded a walk as you can get for a walk. When you have a guy like (Hayes), he slides up and takes a second.” stays down for … at the time the concern was just making sure he was okay.”
Chris Stratton (4-3) finished 10th.
Alfonso Rivas pinched Chicago’s big eighth spot, scoring two runs in the middle to put the Cubs 7-6 ahead. Wisdom had an RBI single and Nico Horner hit a grounder that removed shortstop Vanil Cruz for a two-run single.
Cruz, on the verge of a third straight strikeout with a 0-2 count, hit an RBI double in the sixth and scored the latter for a 6-2 lead. The 23-year-old has seven RBIs in four games since being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, and at least one RBI in each of his six matches in the Majors.
Pirates starter Jose Quintana conceded two runs in six innings with six strikes.
“It was huge,” Quintana said. “I was feeling really good. I want to come back and start that way. I thought, today, my pitches are more economical. Out early. Go into the sixth innings, throw the ball better “
Justin Steele conceded six runs and seven hits with eight strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings for the Cubs.
Brian Reynolds led his team with a 12th home run to take the Pirates 1–0 in first place.
Earlier in the innings, there was a six-minute delay after Cubs bullpen coach Chris Young fainted. Chicago manager David Ross went from the dugout to speak with plate umpire Corey Blaser, when the coach ran to see Young, the game was halted.
Ross said Young was taken to hospital and is expected to recover.
Hayes hit his third homer of the season, a two-run shot that helped Pittsburgh go 3-2 in the bottom half before reaching twice on errors in the fifth and seventh and sliding to the game-winner in the 10th. Gave an edge
Shelton said, “If I’m going to vote, I’m going to vote not to slip head first to the plate.”
Cubs: RHP Ethan Roberts, who was on a rehab assignment for a swelling of his right shoulder, will require Tommy John surgery. No date has been set for the process. … LHP Daniel Norris was placed on the injured list for 15 days with a strain on his left index finger. RHP Adrian Sampson was recalled from Triple-A Iowa in the same move.
Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendrix (2-6, 5.43) will start as the Chicago Chiefs for St. Louis on Friday, the first of a three-match series against the Cardinals. He conceded six runs in 4 1/3 innings in his last outing, a 6-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.
Pirates: RHP Mitch Keller (2-5, 4.72) will take the mound on Friday for the start of a three-game set on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays. Keller has allowed seven runs (six earned) in 22 1/3 innings in his last four starts.