PITTSBURG (AP) Rookie Hayden Wesneski had a flawless round in his second major league start, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates slide on Thursday night.
Wesneski (2-1) gave up two climbs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings while hitting six and walking twice, driving Pittsburgh to his seventh consecutive defeat. It was his fourth appearance in the main categories.
Wesneski had an impeccable inning in the fifth game when he struck the team on nine pitches. He fanned three Hitlers at the bottom of the order: Jacek Suwiński, Zack Collins and Jason Delay.
It was the 111th immaculate inning in league history and the fourth in Cubs history. The last Cubs pitcher to accomplish this feat was LaTroy Hawkins in 2004.
On his first match against Colorado last Saturday, Wesneski tossed the ball from one run in seven innings without a decision. The Cubs acquired it from the New York Yankees on August 1.
Mark Leiter Jr. he got his last five outs for his third defense. The pirates put the runners in second and third, with two cars in ninth, but Rodolfo Castro lined up in the middle of the field to finish the game.
Christopher Morel scored twice, and David Bote and Michael Hermosillo had two hits for the Cubs, who won their third consecutive game.
Mitch Keller (5-12) played well in the losing effort, allowing two runs and four hits in six innings. He hit seven and went through two.
Keller has earned three or less in 17 of his 20 starts since returning to rotation on May 31 after a brief relegation to the bullpen.
Bryan Reynolds was 3v3 with a deliberate walk for Pirates. Kevin Newman came home.
Morel doubled the left-field line with two cars in the second inning, which opened the scoring.
The Pirates cut their lead in half on Reynolds’ RBI single in the third round.
Hermosillo’s single put the Cubs back a two-speed lead in seventh place. The pirates countered Newman’s leadoff home run in the bottom half of the inning to draw in the run.
The start of the game was delayed by 25 minutes due to rain and temporarily in the seventh round when the lights in the stadium went out.
SUZUKI STILL ISN’T
Outfielder Cubs Seiya Suzuki is expected to remain on the restricted list for the entire four-game streak ending on Sunday. He and his wife are still waiting for the birth of their first child.
Suzuki was moved from the paternity list to the restricted list on Thursday in a procedural move. The Cubs signed him to a five-year $ 75 million contract as a free agent of March after he played in his native Japan.
BEDNAR IS BACK
The pirates activated David Bednar’s RHP, their only All-Star this season, from the injured roster, before the game and allowed one pass in one round with relief. From July 30, he was away from home with lower back inflammation.
Bednar has 17 saving throws on 21 occasions.
“We are in a good position now,” he said. “We feel better so hopefully we’ll just end the season strong and move into the off season feeling healthy.”
Cubs: SS Nico Hoerner (tight triceps) missed his tenth game in a row but the team decided not to include him in the IL.
Pirates: LHP Eric Stout (Lower Back Discomfort) was placed on a 15-day IL that ends his season.
IN THE FUTURE
Cubs: Rookie RHP Javier Assad (1-2, 3.86) kicks off Friday night. In his previous match last Sunday against Colorado, he only played two rounds, allowing four runs and losing.
Pirates: RHP Bryse Wilson (3-9, 6.07) is 1-3 with an ERA 6.48 in his last seven games, including six starts.
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