Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Offense to the Rescue Martin's Sacrifice Fly in Eighth Delivers Win and Bails out Pitchers Piratesx 7. Cibs 6

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Offense to the Rescue Martin's Sacrifice Fly in Eighth Delivers Win and Bails out Pitchers Piratesx 7. Cibs 6

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CHICAGO -- It became obvious early that the task the Pirates faced Tuesday night was not going to be an easy one.

As it turned out, Russell Martin's eighth-inning sacrifice fly scored Starling Marte to lift the Pirates to a 7-6 win against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. It was the third Pirates lead of the night, but the other two vanished.

Cubs relievers Pedro Strop and James Russell loaded the bases with three walks in the eighth, setting the stage for Martin.

"We just kept playing," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. "It's not about what's not happening, it's about what we've got to do next. It was a fist fight off the mound for us for most of the night."

Starlin Castro homered twice against Pirates starter Charlie Morton, and it was about to be the Emilio Bonifacio show before Martin's sacrifice fly and one shutdown inning each from relievers Mark Melancon and Jason Grilli.

Bonifacio, the Cubs leadoff hitter, wreaked more havoc against the Pirates by scoring the tying run in the seventh inning to cap his 3-for-5 night.

Bonifacio, an almost unbelievable 14 for 21 against the Pirates already this season, singled to open the seventh, took second on a grounder, stole third, then scored on Anthony Rizzo's single to tie the game, 6-6.

"We know what we need to do. We haven't been able to do it. He wouldn't be in Chicago right now if he'd done this his whole career," said Hurdle. "We're just not in a good place with the ball. We're not getting the ball in the spots we need to. Give him credit. He's barreling up a lot of balls from both sides of the plate. Giving them a lot of good at-bats."

Rizzo's single was off reliever Tony Watson, and broke Watson's 221/3 scoreless inning streak dating to last season.

Melancon sat the Cubs down 1-2-3 in a very efficient eighth and closer Grilli earned the save in the ninth with a swinging strikeout, Bonifacio's line-drive out to short and a grounder to third. …

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